Miami - Emilio and Gloria Estefan and other celebrities have gathered to record a Spanish-language version of We Are The World to raise money for Haiti earthquake victims.
Emilio said he was talking with Quincy Jones about the importance of the Spanish market when the idea developed.
"You know, Latinos always want to do things in a positive way, to show the world that even we come from different places, we wanted to definitely help," he said.
Included in this song are artists such as:A.B. Quintanilla
Alacranes Musical (Omar y Memo)
La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de René Camacho
Banda El Recodo
Gilberto Santa Rosa
José Luis Rodriguez "El Puma"
Juan Luis Guerra
Kat De Luna
K-Paz de la Sierra
Montéz de Durango
Paquita la del Barrio
Taboo (Black Eyed Peas)
Tito "El Bambino"
Legendary hip-hop/rock group CYPRESS HILL have signed an exclusive worldwide deal with Priority/EMI and are gearing up for the April 6th release of RISE UP, their first new studio album in six years. The deal is the first artist signing by Priority Records Creative Chairman Snoop Dogg. "My role as Creative Chairman of Priority Records has put me in the driver's seat to help revive the most important west coast hip hop label," says Snoop. "As such, I'm excited to announce my first signing as Cypress Hill. Cypress Hill is undeniably one of the most important hip hop groups in music history, not only are they incredibly talented and the first Latino hip hop group to go platinum, they are also from the west coast-so this signing is the perfect marriage." "We're very excited to be part of the Priority Records family," says B-Real. "It's a label with a rich history, and together with Snoop we're going to add to its legacy." Last night, Cypress Hill and Snoop performed on the TBS late night show, "Lopez Tonight." Snoop kicked things off with current single "I Wanna Rock" off his new album, Malice in Wonderland, then Cypress Hill took the stage for an electrifying rendition of their blockbuster hit "Insane In The Brain." RISE UP's lead single is its incendiary title track, which features Rage Against The Machine/Street Sweeper Social Club's Tom Morello, who co-wrote and co-produced the song. The famed guitarist also appears on a second track titled "Shut 'Em Down." "It was great to work with my longtime friends and comrades Cypress Hill on these two monster rock tracks," says Morello. "Cypress are back with a vengeance!" The follow-up to 2004's Till Death Do Us Part, RISE UP was recorded over the course of the past three years at B-Real's studio, The Temple, in Los Angeles. "Making this record was so much fun," says Sen Dog. "It felt like the first record we ever made together. We recorded whatever we wanted to with no musical boundaries. And having the chance to work with one of my favorite guitar players of all time, Tom Morello, was amazing. I always knew we would make some kickass music together.".. "We took a little break after the last record to work on individual projects," adds B-Real. "Both Sen Dog and I wanted to put out our own solo records, which we had been working on for some time. And though we were doing other things, we each kept ideas in mind for Cypress Hill and would go into the studio periodically to record. It was great to work at our own pace and without a deadline hanging over us. We'd get together at my studio and record whenever we felt that burst of creativity. It was an amazing way to work and resulted in what I think is our best record yet." Cypress Hill (rappers B-Real and Sen Dog, DJ Muggs and percussionist Eric Bobo), is one of the most successful and influential hip-hop/rock groups in music history, with more than 18 million worldwide sales, an amazing string of chart-topping hits and an international fanbase whose members number in the millions. They've headlined Lollapalooza, been named "Best Rap Group" by Rolling Stone, collaborated with the likes of Pearl Jam and Sonic Youth, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and have had their music licensed for a plethora of TV shows, commercials and films
Brazil mayor bans funk, rap music as Carnival beginsFri Feb 12, 2010 7:34pm IST RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A mayor of a Brazilian town has banned Carnival revelers from playing funk or rap music during the traditionally free-wheeling celebrations that kick off around the country on Friday.
Mayor Jose Neto of Sao Lourenco in southeastern Minas Gerais state told Globo television he was banning songs that incite violence and disrespect authority and wanted to protect more traditional Carnival music, such as samba.
Anyone caught listening to funk -- a pounding beat often with sexual lyrics popular in Rio de Janeiro's slums -- or rap during the Carnival period would have to turn it off or face arrest and up to six months in prison, he reportedly said.
"They are mass gatherings that demand better coordination, control and security that a public festival like Carnival doesn't allow us to adopt," Neto told Globo TV.
Funk music has long been frowned upon by police and city authorities in Rio and faced crackdowns because of its association with slum gangs who use parties to sell drugs. But the music form, which originated in U.S. slums in the late 1960s, has increasingly found a mainstream following in Brazil and as far away as Europe.
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