Lila Downs, Becky G & More: Latin Musicians Standing Up to Donald Trump in Song
With songs like "The Demagogue" and "We Are Mexico," singers are becoming activists and saying enough is enough to what they call Trump's divisive message, while at the same time urging eligible Hispanic voters to make their vote count in the Nov. 8 presidential election.
Below, check out our favorite anthems from Latin acts standing up to Trump with music.
Lila Downs - "The Demagogue"
It's no secret that Lila Down's new single "The Demagogue" is dedicated to Trump where she sings, "There’s a blue-eyed devil man/ Thinks he's king of the world/ He’s a bully, a salesman/ Selling fear and hate/ Who do you think you are? ... No to that wall/ I'm cutting all the hate and planting love." The Mexican-American singer debuted the song during Univision and Fusion's Rise Up concert on the U.S. and Mexico border in San Diego, California. "I want to thank all the beautiful Latin American people that come from different places to work hard and to demonstrate our pride of identity and humility," Downs said before her performance.
Becky G - "We Are Mexico"
With lyrics like, "Hard work, double time, overtime, two jobs, working till our heads hurt, but we ain’t never late to pay the bills," in her song "We Are Mexico" Becky G stands in solidarity with the Hispanic community. She debuted the song just days after Trump said Mexican immigrants were drug dealers, criminals and rapists at the beginning of his campaign in 2015.
Brujería - "Viva Presidente Trump"
Mexican-American metal band Brujería based their song "Viva presidente Trump" on the Republican nominee's hateful rhetoric. "I see Trump as the white Republican version of Juan Brujo circa '93. Wanting to start s--- for the hell of it. We both want the same thing! So much that I want to be his running mate," vocalist Juan Brujo, real name John Lepe, said in a statement. Over the summer, Brujería embarked on their Fuck Donald Trump Tour.
Emilio Estefan - "We're All Mexican"
Following Trump's racist remarks against Mexican immigrants, Estefan tapped Latin music and Hollywood's biggest superstars to record "We're All Mexican," a song that celebrates the Latino accomplishments around the world. "We need to lift up our pride and show the world what we’re doing," the Cuban producer told Billboard in a previous interview. Featured personalities included Thalía, Eva Longoria, Whoopi Goldberg, Pitbull, Wyclef Jean, Carlos Santana, Rita Moreno, Luis Coronel and Carlos Vives,
Los Tigres del Norte & Maná - "Somos más americanos"
During the 2015 Latin Grammys, Los Tigres del Norte and Maná gave a powerful a rendition of the immigrant anthem "Somos más americanos (We Are More American)." After their performance, Maná unveiled a sign that read "Latinos unidos no voten por los racistas [Latinos, united, don't vote for the racists]," taken as a reference to Trump. The anti-Trump iconic bands have since pushed the Latino vote in the upcoming presidential elections on Nov. 8.