MIAMI (CBS4) — Cuban musician Pablo Milanes is coming to Miami in August. The singer said he chose to play in Miami because it is home to so many Cubans and Latin Americans.

Yet for years, that’s precisely what’s kept the two-time Grammy winner from playing here. But times are changing. Milanes said Wednesday this is the first time he’s been invited to play in Florida.

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Milanes is one the most well-known Cuban artists outside the island. He helped found the Cuban musical movement known as Nuevo Trova, folk music linked to Fidel Castro’s revolution and to protest movements across the hemisphere.

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He has criticized Cuban policies even as he maintains support for the government. Milanes says socialism is still a more humane system than capitalism but that the ways it “has been conducted until now have demonstrated the opposite.”

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