A large group of Latin acts, helmed by Emilio Estefan and Quincy Jones, are in the process of recording a Spanish language version of “We Are the World.” Spanish language lyrics for the track, called “Somos el Mundo,” were penned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan and approved by Lionel Richie and the We Are the World Foundation.
Final recording will take place February 19 in Miami, taking advantage of the presence of many artists in town for Univision’s Premios Lo Nuestro. A music video and making-off special will air on the Univision network. As with the original “We Are the World 25 for Haiti,” all proceeds will go to the rebuilding of Haiti through the We Are the World Foundation.
“This means the reach of the song will truly be global, because it’s available not only in English but also in Spanish,” said Emilio Estefan, who is producing the track with Jones and is also producing the video and the television special.
This marks the first time “We Are the World” is translated to another language. Although the Spanish-language version includes major Latin stars like Thalía, Alejandro Fernandez, Vicente Fernández, Gloria Estefan, Paulina Rubio and Luis Fonsi, among many, many others, the list also includes mainstream cross-over acts like David Archuleta, Carlos Santana, Andy Garcia, Pitbull, Jon Secada and Taboo of Black Eyed Peas. At press time, over 30 acts had confirmed their participation, including AB Quintanilla, Alacranes Musical, Ricardo Montaner, Tito El Bambino, Olga Tañón, Ednita Nazario, Jorge Celedón and Arthur Hanlon.
The video will premiere March 1 on the “Cristina” show - one of the Univision network’s top-rated programs - and will be followed by the special. The track will be available for sale on iTunes.
In 2001, the Estefans produced another song, “El Ultimo Adiós” (The Last Goodbye), which was written to benefit the families of victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. That track was also recorded by a large group of artists in Miami.
However, Latin artists have never displayed as much unified support for any humanitarian cause as they have for Haiti relief efforts, and “Somos el Mundo” is only the latest—if most visible—endeavor in that regard.
Also recently announced is a concert headed by Dominican artist Juan Luis Guerra, with funds earmarked to build a children’s hospital in Haiti. The show is slated to take place April 18 in Santo Domingo’s Olympic Stadium and is titled “A Song of Hope For Haiti.” Confirmed acts include Alejandro Sanz, Luis Fonsi, Miguel Bosé and Juanes.