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Can Juanes rock Havana, Cuba? Si, Señor.

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(Read caption) Colombian singer Juanes gestures to the crowd during the "Peace Without Borders" concert in Havana's Revolution Square on Sunday.

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What happens when half a million Cubans gather under the broiling sun in Havana's famous Revolution Square?

Typically, over the past 50 years, they'd be subject to a rambling, four-hour lecture from legendary communist leader Fidel Castro.

Not today.

Today hundreds of thousands of Cubans – most dressed in white – gratefully cast aside politics for a Dance Dance Revolution headlined by Miami-based Colombian pop idol Juanes.

The 17-time Grammy winner who organized the "Peace without Borders" concert braved death threats from Miami-based critics of the Cuban regime, but the show went on.

Despite the strict rule not to bring up politics, Puerto Rican merengue star Olga Tanon, one of 14 artists from six countries performing with Juanes, kicked the show off with the event's central message: "It's time to change."

Easy there, Olga. You know how the Castros feel about that word.

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