Juanes speaks to reporters after reaching Havana on Friday. Photo credit: Roberto Suarez
Juanes says he wants to encourage "hopes and dreams"
A half million people are expected to stream into Revolution Square for Sunday's controversial concert. Anti-Castro activists accuse Juanes of siding with the socialist government. But the Colombian musician, a winner of 17 Grammys, told the Miami Herald his "Peace Without Borders" concert isn't political. He said:
I am not a communist. I am not aligned with the government. Our only message is one of peace, of humanitarianism, of tolerance, a message of interacting with the people.The concert will feature Juanes along with Los Van Van and others. They'll perform from around 2 p.m. until sometime before 7 p.m., Granma reports. The show will end before nightfall because performers didn't bring lighting equipment for a night concert.
I wonder if any anti-Castro dissidents or pro-democracy activists in Cuba will try to use the concert to gain attention for their fight against human rights abuses. I am sure the authorities will be looking out for that kind of thing.