Tañón to Perform Two Free Shows in Cuba in December

Olga Tañón is heading back to the Pearl of the Antilles

The 48-year-old Puerto Rican singer is heading back to Cuba to perform two free shows on the island: One December 5 in Santiago de Cuba, and a second on December 12 in Havana’s fabled Malecón.

Olga Tañón

Tañón will perform as part of a cultural exchange and is planning on inviting other acts to take the stage with her, as well.

Tañón, who performed in the Caribbean island nation as part of Juanes’ “Paz Sin Fronteras” show in Havana back in 2009, is already preparing for her trip with a Cuban homage.

Her new single “Vivo la Vida” is Cuba-inspired, and its video was filmed entirely on location in Havana. Shot documentary-style with handheld cameras, it incorporates Cuban musicians and locals into its shots as Tañón dances her way down Havana’s streets to a merengue beat.

“The idea,” she says, “was to highlight the joy and musicality of Cuba, creating a bridge between today’s open country and the island she visited in 2009.”

Juanes Launches World Peace Campaign

Colombian rockero and human rights activist Juanes is commemorating this International Day of Peace (September 21) by releasing a video aimed at promoting harmony around the world.

Entitled “Peace is a Human Right,” the new campaign – revealed at the United Nations offices in Geneva, Switzerland – features artists, musicians and actors speaking out in support of peace. Participants include “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria, Puerto Rican singing sensation Ricky Martin, Mexican singer Paulina Rubio, Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal and Spanish musician Miguel Bosé, who joined the 39-year-old Juanes at today’s launch.

During the press conference, Juanes explained that the video was created to plead for people around the world to support the cause “for the wonderful idea of peace. This is the time to connect and to join forces.”

The campaign includes a Paz Sin Fronteras (Peace Without Borders) website where supporters can sign an online petition to ask the United Nations to end the culture of violence and make peace a human right.

Multiple versions of the video will be posted on Paz Sin Fronteras’ website with English, Spanish and French subtitles.

The International Day of Peace was originally established in 1981 by the United Nations. In 2001, 192 member states of the UN unanimously adopted the day as a way to “invite all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the day, and to otherwise commemorate the day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.”