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Latin star 'going ahead' with gig

Juanes
Juanes won five Latin Grammy awards in 2008

Colombian rock star Juanes is going ahead with a peace concert in Cuba despite receiving threatening messages, his manager has said.

The event, due to take place on 20 September, has been criticised by some US-based Cubans for supporting the country's communist government.

Latin Grammy winner Juanes, who lives in Miami, told police he had received threats via his Twitter account.

His manager said the star feared for his safety and considered pulling out.

'Nothing political'

Fernan Martinez Maecha told the Associated Press: "The concert is still on, and Juanes is maintaining a positive attitude throughout all of this."

But Mr Maecha added the threats had made the star "act out like any other husband or father would do in order to protect his family".

According to a police report, one of the messages stated: "I hate what you are saying but you will die for defending your right to say it."

Miami authorities have said they will continue to watch Juanes' home in the city, which is the base for many Cuban Americans who are opposed to President Raul Castro's regime.

Mr Maecha said there is "absolutely nothing political" about the peace concert, which is set to take place in Havana's Revolution Plaza.

Juanes held a peace concert in March 2008 on the Venezuela-Colombia border when tensions were high over a Colombian commando raid into neighbouring Ecuador that killed a leading rebel commander.



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