"When we decided to go to Cuba to perform, we did it because we just wanted to build a bridge between Cuba and the rest of the community," Juanes explained in a 2012 interview with NPR. "And we just wanted to prove that music and art need to be over all ideology or way to think of life, and we just wanted to go in there and play just because of love."

Today, the Colombian superstar remains optimistic that a shift in the Cuban-American perspective is on the horizon.

"I think that mentality is changing, especially among the younger Cuban-Americans in Miami," he tells New Times. "I'd say that the older generations that lived through the pain are understandably more difficult to get through to. But I've never met a Cuban in the streets of Miami that gives me flack about the concert.

Juanes plays "just because of love."
Alain Alminana
Juanes plays "just because of love."

"On the contrary," he says, "I run into people that respect what we did."

These days, there's nothing but peace between the singer and South Florida. And Juanes couldn't be happier. After all, he plays "just because of love."

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