Somos Uno! Benefit Concert: Yandel Promises to Bring Joy in the Face of Devastation

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Yandel attends The 17th Annual Latin Grammy Awards at T-Mobile Arena on Nov. 17, 2016 in Las Vegas.

Earlier this month, Yandel announced he was coordinating an all-star concert to raise funds for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, where the Roc Nation Latin signee was born and raised.

In the same vein as Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez’s Somos Una Voz star-studded event that aired via both coasts on Saturday (Oct. 14), Yandel & Friend’s Somos Uno! – happening at the Amway Center in Orlando tonight (Oct. 19) – brings together a Who’s Who of urban Latin for a single cause.

From Bad Bunny to Alexis & Fido to Pedro Capo, Yandel wants fans to know they can expect to see artists from all genres, including salsa, reggaeton and trap en español.

Billboard sat down with Yandel to discuss the state of Puerto Rico, and what transpired while organizing a show of this magnitude. For those watching from home, make sure to donate to the cause over at SomosUnaVoz.com.

Billboard: How do you feel about everything going on right now with Puerto Rico?

I feel extremely sad. At the same time, I feel a sense of union that I’m appreciative of. There are parts of the world being united under this single cause. I just think it’s no longer that moment to be sad, or down and out; it’s about that time we look up and forward, and work toward the positivity of all this.

It’s the reason why I’m doing this concert Thursday night, at the Amway Center in Orlando. There’s going to be plenty of different artists from plenty of different genres, from salsa to reggaeton. Alexis & Fido, Bad Bunny, Wisin, Farruko, Pedro Capo, Zion & Lennox, all these artists and more are going to perform for this cause. It’s going to be a big concert, a grand event, and I just want to bring joy to it while we help lift Puerto Rico’s spirit.

Was it difficult to coordinate a show of this magnitude?

Of course. Well, imagine, we’re about 32 artists coming together. That’s a lot of artists to try and get together at once. And you have to consider the time, the flights and the accommodations, but also the artists themselves. Those who collaborated but maybe can’t attend, how will their portion or contribution be made present the night of? Those things all had to be taken into consideration.

How will the people know that their donations and monetary contributions will be going directly to relief efforts in the Caribbean?

We’re [working] in conjunction with Marc Anthony’s Somos Una Voz. This will absolutely go directly to the people. Every cent is going toward relief efforts.

Do you have family on the island that were affected by the hurricanes?

Let me tell you, thank God my parents and siblings are okay, I was able to get them to Miami. But the majority of people in Puerto Rico are without food and water, they have no electricity or gas.