Septiembre 13, 2009 at 19:14 · Clasificados en Sin Evasión
It finally seems that Juanes and the organizers of his controversial concert in Havana have come to an understanding, and a press release has just been published confirming the performance of the highly controversial event on September 20th,with performances by 15 participants, among whom are Orishas and X Alfonso, long absent from the Cuban stage, as well as the singular Carlos Varela, all with a wide range of popularity among the local public.
A cast as varied as the one that has been publicized indicates that there will be a feast for all tastes (or almost all) and it also suggests that Juanes -signer of the official statement, along with the Cuban Institute of Music- has been well advised by an organizing team that has succeeded in extracting some concessions to the Cuban side: as far as I can remember, this is the first time that the official press literally announces that something that is celebrated in Cuba “will not have political messages of any kind”, quite an accomplishment… if it really happens. Of course, the forces of evil are covering their backs with this too, but it’s OK, for once, it will not be the silence of the lambs, but of “civilized” Cubans in the interest of a peaceful concert.
The Granma newspaper (Friday, September 11th, 2009), includes brief statements from some of the artists participating in the concert, appearing to enclose a cryptic message in some cases, including that of Juanes himself, who hopes that “this Peace Without Frontiers concert may serve to extend a bridge for better understanding in the relations among all Cubans…” or Miguel Bose’s very succinct and challenging message, who said, “I am going to Cuba because I want to”, as if that simple fact would only depend on him (he forgot to add that, if he is coming, it’s because Cuban authorities are allowing it, something that was always denied to our Celia Cruz).
But these are only details, fleeting trifles. As for me, the only thing that left me somewhat confused is the part that says “Entry to the concert will be free and without charge”. If the event is to take place at the Plaza, opposite the National Library, in an open and large space, why do the say “entrance to the concert” and not “attendance”? Could it be that there will be an “entrance”, marked by barriers or some other kind of restriction? Perhaps, to avoid mistrust, what was missing from the press release was a statement indicating that the Cuban public’s attendance to the concert will be just like peace: without frontiers.