February 01, 2010

Latin music superstars Ricky Martin and Luis Miguel, along with Mexican diva Gloria Trevi, reggaetón king Daddy Yankee, singer/actress Belinda and Colombian singer/songwriter Shakira have joined the historic recording of “Somos El Mundo,” the Spanish-language version of “We Are The World.” The young and talented up-and-coming artist, Emily Estefan also participates in the song with her first-ever recorded guitar solo. In partnership with the We Are The World Foundation, renowned music producers Emilio Estefan and Quincy Jones, along with Univision Communications Inc., have gathered 70 of the biggest Latin artists in the world for this epic recording. This is the first time ever that the legendary song is translated into any language, with the approval and blessing of Lionel Richie and the Michael Jackson Estate. All proceeds from music sales of “Somos el Mundo” will be used solely to benefit Haitian earthquake victims.

The exclusive, world-wide premiere of the song’s music video will air on March 1st at 10pm ET/PT (9pm Central) on “El Show de Cristina” (The Cristina Show) on the Univision Network. An exclusive one-hour, behind-the-scenes special will also air on the Univision Network at a later date to be announced. In addition, Univision Radio will premiere the song nationwide during the morning drive time on March 1st.

“Somos El Mundo” was adapted into Spanish by Gloria & Emilio Estefan. Previously announced artists include A.B. Quintanilla, Alacranes Musical (Omar and Memo), Aleks Syntek, Ana Bárbara, Andy García, Angélica María, Angélica Vale, Arthur Hanlon, La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de René Camacho, Aventura, Banda El Recodo, Carlos Santana, Chayanne, Cristian Castro, Christian Chávez, David Archuleta, Eiza, Eddy Herrera, Ednita Nazario, Fernando Villalona, Fonseca, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Gloria Estefan, Jencarlos Canela, Jenni Rivera, Johnny Pacheco, Jon Secada, Jorge Celedón, Jorge Moreno, Jorge Villamizar (formerly of Bacilos), José Feliciano, José Luis Rodríguez “El Puma”, Joselyn, Juan Luis Guerra, Juanes, Kany García, Kat De Luna, K-Paz de la Sierra, Lena, Lisette, Luis Enrique, Luis Fonsi, Luz Rios, Melina León, Milly Quezada, Montéz de Durango, Natalia Jiménez, Ojeda, Olga Tañón, Paquita la del Barrio, Paulina Rubio, Patricia Manterola, Pee Wee, Pitbull, Ricardo Montaner, Sergio Mayer, Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), Thalía, Tito “El Bambino,” Vicente Fernández and Willy Chirino.
Twenty-five years after the all-star recording of “We Are The World” became a signature moment in celebrity altruism and pop music history, a new generation of artists came together a few weeks ago to record a new version -“We Are The World 25 for Haiti”- in support of that nation’s earthquake relief efforts. Over the past weeks an all-star ensemble of the greatest Latin artists came together to record “Somos El Mundo,” and make their contribution towards raising funds and awareness for the continuing crisis in Haiti.

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. The song's official website, www.somoselmundo.org, will launch on Monday, March 1st.

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