Just when Chile's 8.8 earthquake has dominated headlines, "Somos el Mundo," -- the Spanish-langage version of "We Are the World" -- premiered its video on the Univision network's "El Show de Cristina" last night with dozens of Latin artists bringing their biggest power vocals to the benefit of Haiti's earthquake victims. "Somos el Mundo" was recorded Feb. 19 in Miami.
Colombian singer Juanes opened the song, followed by Ricky Martin, whose foundation has partnered with Habitat for Humanity on shelter-building efforts in Haiti. Shakira sang the first chorus, while Pitbull, the Black Eyed Peas' Taboo and Daddy Yankee performed the rap section of the song. "American Idol" alum David Archuleta sang his parts in Spanish.
The backing track was identical to the one produced by Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie, but the first-ever Spanish version was translated by Emilio and Gloria Estefan, and the recording was paid for by Univision. "Somos el Mundo" was the top Latin song on iTunes this morning; its proceeds will benefit the We Are the World Foundation's Haiti relief efforts.