By Delinda Lombardo on
Last month in Miami, Florida, an all-star cast of the greatest Latin recording artists converged to record “Somos El Mundo” –or- "We Are The World’ – to raise funds and awareness for the continuing crisis in Haiti.
Led by Emilio Estefan and producer Quincy Jones, the Spanish language version of “We Are The World” includes a partnership with Univision Communications Inc and the non-profit We Are The World Foundation.
“Univision Communications is extremely proud to be partnering with Emilio Estefan, Quincy Jones, the We Are The World Foundation and the many artists who gathered to record the Spanish-language version of ‘We Are The World’,” said Cesar Conde, president, Univision Network. "We are very grateful for the incredible response from the artists that have joined this effort since the recording of “We Are The World” will help raise much needed funds and hope for the millions devastated by this tragedy."
Over 50 of the biggest names in Latin music have contributed to the recording of “Somos El Mundo,” which was adapted into Spanish by Gloria & Emilio Estefan, making it the first time ever that the legendary song has been translated into another language.
Among the artists who participated in this historic recording: A.B. Quintanilla, Alacranes Musical (Omar and Memo), Alejandro Fernández, Aleks Syntek, Ana Bárbara, Andy García, La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de René Camacho, Carlos Santana, Chayanne, David Archuleta, Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, Jorge Celedón, Jorge Villamizar (formerly of Bacilos), Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), Thalía, Tito “El Bambino”, Vicente Fernández, Willy Chirino and many others.
“I feel extremely proud to be able to gather all of these amazing human beings and musicians for this special cause. We are making history today and showing Haiti how much we really care,” said Emilio Estefan. "Gloria and I were honored that Lionel Richie and the Michael Jackson estate trusted us enough to translate this historic song for the very first time in 25 years. I believe we stayed true to the message of unity and healing that the English version communicates so well."
The music video aired on the Univision Network’s “El Show de Cristina” (The Cristina Show) on March 1, 2010 at 10pm ET/PT (9pm Central) and an exclusive one-hour, behind-the-scenes special will also air on the Univision Network at a later date to be announced.
All proceeds derived from donations, iTunes downloads and retail sales of “Somos El Mundo” will be used directly by the We Are The World Foundation to benefit the Haitian cause in charitable and relief efforts.
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