Despacito singers slam Venezuelan leader’s campaign remix
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.”