Peace without Borders
It is plainly obvious that as Latinos, we are not all alike. (Got that advertisers and marketers?) The heat and division that preceeded the concert given by Colombian star and singer, Juanes, in Havana yesterday provides plenty of proof.
Should he go? Should he not go? Protests against, posts for. Would it help promote and legitimize a communist regime? Would it help move Cuba toward freedom?
Blogger Yoani Sanchez, the bravest broad in Havana, if you ask me, wrote a post today expecting that everything will basically go back to being the same. But, she went — along with 1.1 million other Cubans and tourists — to see a different energy in the Plaza.
“The Juanes concert will not have significantly changed our lives, but nor did I go to the Plaza with this illusion. It would be unfair to demand of the young Columbian singer that he propel those changes that we ourselves have not managed to make, despite wanting them so much.
I was at the esplanade to check out how different the same space can be when it accommodates crowds organized from above, versus when it shelters a group of people dancing, singing and
interacting without the involvement of politics. “
More links on the Paz Sin Fronteras concert:
USA Today: Latin pop star surprises Havana concert by shouting ‘Free Cuba!’
A photo set of the event by Por la Ruta on Flickr.
Video highlights of performances by Olga Tañon, Orishas and Silvio Rodriguez collected on Univision.com
The Miami Herald: Olga Tañon kicks off her Peace without Borders performance with the lyrics: “Es mentiroso ese hombre,” she sang. That man is a liar. Cuban-Americans have mixed reactions to concert.