From Jubilation to Quiet Expectation, Colombian Artists React to Peace Treaty

Fonseca onstage at Univision’s Premios Juventud Awards in Miami in 2015.
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Fonseca onstage at Univision’s Premios Juventud Awards in Miami in 2015.

After 52 years of civil war, the Colombian government and rebel group Farc (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) signed a ceasefire agreement. The truce is expected to be the prelude to a final peace agreement that should be signed by July. More importantly, it brings to a close more than five decades of bloody conflict that has left over 200,000 dead and millions displaced.

The peace treaty, which has been widely debated in Colombia, has been negotiated in Cuba since 2012, leading many to believe the accord would never be signed.

But Thursday, war-weary Colombians, including many artists, celebrated the treaty.

“What a moment we’re living. It won’t be easy but I believe it’s the path,” wrote Fonseca, who has been a vocal supporter of the treaty. “Forgiving is not forgetting; it’s learning to move ahead. Peace for Colombia!”


“Growing up means changing,” wrote Juanes on his twitter, alongside the hashtag #Elultimodiadelaguerra (the last day of war).

“Today is historic and a sign of hope for us all,” wrote Maluma.

Not everyone had ringing endorsements, however. Many well-known acts, including Choquibtown and Jorge Celedon, didn't post comments. Neither did Shakira, who's on holiday.

Aterciopelados didn't praise the peace process per se, but quoted one of their own songs, "Peace Pipe:" 

And Carlos Vives avoided any allusion to politics in his post: “We will only have peace when we cast aside selfishness and have compassion for others,” he wrote on his twitter account.