Festive Left Friday Blogging: Calle 13 steps up
Festive Left Friday Blogging: Calle 13 steps
9, 2012 � Sabina Becker
The social conscience of Calle 13 continues apace. Here�s the scoop on
their latest collaboration:<http://www.aporrea.org/internacionales/n217880.html>
Calle 13 <http://www.youtube.com/artist/calle-13?feature=watch_video_title> -
La Bala (The Bullet) Lyrics Letra in ENGLISH AND SPANISH
*The Puerto Rican urban music group Calle 13 presented its latest video
clip on Thursday, in collaboration with the United Nations Children�s Fund
(UNICEF), denouncing the damage done by weapons and violence all over the
�This is a very important topic, close to my heart, because we�re in a
state of emergency in many countries where there is violence in general,�
said singer Ren� P�rez Joglar, alias �El Residente�, in a press conference.
Directed by Sim�n Brand of Colombia, in collaboration with other directors
from various lands, the videoclip for the song, �La Bala� (The Bullet),
covers places such as France, Holland, Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the
United States to address the impact of violence on a person.
�I wanted to give a personality to the bullet and, in doing so, you can see
how people can understand the damage it does,� said the artist, who assured
that he wants to avoid clich�s and not show blood so that people keep their
eyes on what is the impact of a bullet.
This is the second time in which Calle 13, consisting of P�rez and his
stepbrother Eduardo Cabra, �El Visitante�, has collaborated with UNICEF. A
year ago, they took part in a campaign against human trafficking and
�Collaborating with the group has helped us to reach young people with very
important messages in a way that is close to them,� said UNICEF�s Latin
America representative, Tamar Hahn.
��La Bala� greatly reinforces what we are doing and gives us an incredible
platform for reaching the young, because sometimes the way UNICEF expresses
itself isn�t the best way to get the message out to young people,� Hahn
added, referring to violence in Latin America as an �epidemic situation�.
Hahn said that education is fundamental for avoiding this problem, a point
with which P�rez agrees.
�It�s the principal factor, the low priority our governments place on
education is a huge factor and the reason for which we�re living in
violence,� said the rapper, who is convinced that more education will
discourage the use of weapons.
*Calle 13 will be appearing December 1 in a solo performance in Mexico, at
the Palacio de los Deportes in the capital.*
Sorry I couldn�t find the video mentioned in this piece; in the meantime,
enjoy the video above, which supplies a handy English translation of the
awesome lyrics. Will post the video described in the news item as soon as I
can find it.
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