Jorge Drexler has written a new song in support of the global movement to “build bridges, not walls.”
Drexler, the Uruguayan singer/songwriter known for music that speaks of the human journey, posted a video of himself singing “Puentes” on Sat. (Jan. 20). He also published the lyrics of the song, noting it was written “a day before Trump’s assumption.” He also acknowledged that Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem” had served as inspiration, quoting the line “there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” in his Twitter post.
“Long live everyone who is brave enough to raise a bridge and the brave one who crosses it,” sings Drexler — albeit sounding more poetic in Spanish — in the song.
Esta es la versión completa de “Los puentes” la canción que escribí ayer.
— Jorge Drexler (@drexlerjorge) January 21, 2017
— Jorge Drexler (@drexlerjorge) January 20, 2017
Drexler’s song coincided with a widespread show of support for the “Bridges Not Walls” movement on Jan. 20, in which people around the world stood on bridges holding banners with anti-racist and pro-unity slogans. The movement, started in the U.K., adopted Martin Luther King Jr.’s urging to “build bridges, not walls.”
This past November, Drexler, who lives in Spain, was named Ibero-American Cultural Ambassador at the celebration of the tenth anniversary of UNESCO’s Ibero-American Cultural Charter. At the meeting in Montevideo, Drexler said he would “create bridges between the different sectors of the Ibero-American world.” The musician succeeds Argentine ballet dancer Julio Bocca as ambassador.
Drexler, whose father fled Nazi Germany as a child, contributed a song to the 2016 album Refugio del Sonido (Refuge of Sound) a project spearheaded by Javier Limon to benefit refugees.