Puerto Rican stars Luis Fonsi and Tati Yankee have attacked Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, accusing him of using their song, a world hit Slowly, for political gain.
President Nicolas Maduro unveiled a modified version of the song during his weekly TV show on July 23rd.
The revised texts promote Nicolas Maduro’s plans for a controversial new civil assembly, which will be elected on July 30th to rewrite the constitution.
The singers described this as outrage.
Nicolas Maduro was spotted clapping on the remix as his audience danced.
“Our call to <Учредителното събрание> aims only to unite the country … Despacito! “ go to the new text.
Luis Fonsi replied angrily on social media: “At no time have I been asked, nor have I allowed the use or change of Despacito’s texts for political means, much less in the midst of the deplorable situation experienced by Venezuela, a country I love so much.
“My music is for everyone who wants to listen to it and enjoy it, not to be used as propaganda that tries to manipulate the will of people who call for their freedom.”
Father Yankee posted a photo of President Maduro with a large red cross above her on Instagram and wrote: “That you misappropriate a song [Despacito] does not compare to the crimes you are committing and have committed in Venezuela.
“Your dictatorial regime is a joke not only for my brothers Venezuela, but for the whole world.”
Slowly translates as “slow,” referring to the speed of the lead singer’s seductive technique.
However, the Venezuelan version removes the texts.
Instead, the new choir performs: “Slowly take your voice, not your weapons, and express your ideas. Always in peace and quiet. ”
Introducing the new approach to an audience of supporters, Nicolas Maduro said a creative team had reworked it and he wanted to try it out.
“What do you think, huh?” the president asked the crowd.
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Venezuela has been rocked by frequent violent protests in recent months, and millions joined a general strike last week.
About 100 people died in the riots, which further led to a crumbling economy lacking food and medicine.
President Maduro’s constituent assembly wants to establish that it will have the right to rewrite the constitution and circumvent the opposition-controlled legislature.
Critics say the president is trying to establish a dictatorship. He argues that this is the only way to restore peace to a divided nation.
The original Puerto Rican version of Slowly is a worldwide success, and a version starring Justin Bieber has recently become the most broadcast song of all time.
Another senior member of the ruling Socialist Party, Diosdado Cabello, also benefited Slowly recently to gain political points.
“As the song says, they step by step, slowly and beautifully [the critics] I want to create a coup, “ he said, according to local media.
Various parodies of the opposition have also gone viral on social media, including one called Adults.
Another called Very skinny (Very skinny) plays on food shortages in Venezuela.