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Venezuela President Assailed for Political Remix of Song ‘Despacito’

“Despacito,” which means slowly in Spanish, is a song about the art of seduction, and does not make reference to politics.

The remix made its debut one week before a planned vote to elect a Constituent Assembly to redraft the Constitution.

Mr. Maduro has undertaken a series of measures intended to consolidate his power, prompting months of widespread and sometimes violent protests.

The singers of the original hit song, which was also recorded by Justin Bieber, did not take kindly to Mr. Maduro’s appropriation of their music.

The Puerto Rican musicians Luis Alfonso López-Cepero, known as Luis Fonsi, and Ramón Ayala Rodríguez, who goes by the stage name Daddy Yankee, demanded that Mr. Maduro stop using their song for his political benefit.

“He has not consulted me at any moment, nor have I authorized the use or change of the words of Despacito for political purposes, much less amid the deplorable situation in a country that I love as much as Venezuela,” Mr. López-Cepero wrote in an Instagram post.

He called Mr. Maduro’s use of the tune “propaganda that tries to manipulate the will of a people who are crying out for their freedom and a better future.”

Mr. Rodríguez had equally harsh words for the leader, which accompanied an Instagram post with a photo of Mr. Maduro with a large “X” over his face.

“That you illegally appropriated a song (Despacito), does not compare with the crime you commit and have committed in Venezuela,” he wrote. “It is a mockery, not only for my Venezuelan brothers, but for the whole world.”

Source: NYT > World

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