Des­pac­ito singers slam Venezue­lan leader’s cam­paign remix

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Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro re­cently used a remix of the hit Latin pop song Des­pac­ito by Puerto Ri­can duo Luis Fonsi (right) and Daddy Yan­kee for his Con­stituent As­sem­bly cam­paign. The song about a slow, ro­man­tic se­duc­tion has been trans­formed into a cam­paign jin­gle for Maduro’s con­tested con­sti­tu­tion rewrite. But that didn’t go well with the song’s pro­duc­ers. The remix be­gins with the lyrics, “For the unity and peace of our coun­try. The con­stituent as­sem­bly moves for­ward.”

Fonsi and Daddy Yan­kee took to so­cial me­dia on Mon­day to veto the new spin on their song. “My mu­sic is for ev­ery­one to lis­ten to and en­joy, not to be used as pro­pa­ganda that in­tends to ma­nip­u­late the will of a peo­ple who are scream­ing for their lib­erty and a bet­ter fu­ture,” Fonsi tweeted.

“What can you ex­pect from a per­son who has robbed the lives of so many young peo­ple filled with dreams?” Daddy Yan­kee wrote on Twit­ter, along with im­age of a news story about Maduro’s take on the song. “That you il­le­gally ap­pro­pri­ate a song (Des­pac­ito) doesn’t com­pare with the crime you com­mit and have com­mit­ted in Venezuela.”

PHOTO: RICHARD SHOTWELL/IN­VI­SION/AP

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