Willy Chirino Recruits Fellow Cuban Artists to Release New Version of Cuban Protest Single “Que Se Vayan Ya”

Willy Chirino is expressing his solidarity with the people of Cuba through music…

The 74-year-old Cuban musician has released a new version of his single “Que Se Vayan Ya,” 13 years after its original release.

Willy Chirino, Que Se Vayan Ya

The award-winning salsa artist recruited Cuban artists Lenier, El MichaChacalOsmani Garcia, and Srta. Dayana to show solidarity with the Cuban community through the powerful protest anthem and its continuous chant for “Viva Cuba, libre!”

“Que Se Vayan Ya,” which appeared on Chirino’s 2008 album Pa’ Lante, was co-produced by Chirino, Nelson Albareda, Nelson Martínez, Lenier, and Mauro Bertrán, giving this extended version a Cubaton twist while keeping its tropical essence.

“It is our duty as citizens of the world to support the movement that arose on the island to achieve Cuba’s freedom,” Albareda, producer and CEO of Loud and Live, said in a statement. “What better way to do it than with a new anthem that inspires those brave people on the island to continue with this fight? With that objective in mind, I turned to Willy, with whom I’ve been friends with and shared projects for many years, to make this musical production with other notable artists in a cry for freedom.”

“Que Se Vayan Ya” comes almost two months after the social unrest in the island due to the power outages, and food and medicine shortages as COVID-19 cases are on the rise.

The July rallies, which ended with several arrests, were in part set off by Cuba’s deteriorating economic situation that was intensified by the pandemic that’s cut off tourism dollars and has left people unable to work because of the COVID-imposed lockdown.

“The events of July 11 have given us hope that the end of this totalitarian regime is coming,” Chirino added. “It’s important that this flame is not extinguished and that the whole world becomes aware of the crimes that are committed daily on ‘Prison Island.’ United for this purpose, we are raising our voices to demand once and for all that they [the government] leave!”

Leoni Torres Teams Up with El Micha for New Single “Recordandote”

It’s a time of rememberance for Leoni Torres.

The 42-year-old Cuban singer has joined voices with El Micha for the single “Recordandote,” and the track’s music video.

Leoni Torres

The first collaborative effort between the Torres and his compatriot, “Recordandote” is a song about a man who’s trying to conquer the girl of his dreams: 

“I spend my life remembering you / and the hours go by remembering you / today I want to love you / I come to give you love.”

Leoni-Torres-&-El-Micha

“Recordante,” produced by Colombian producer Daneon, is a tropical-urban rhythm laced with El Micha’s distinguishable voice.

“We were both eager to be able to work together, but we were waiting for the right moment,” Torres expressed in an official statement. “We intend this to be the song that everyone prefers this summer, as it is romantic, danceable, and very fresh.”

The music video, directed by Alejandro Perez, shows both artists dancing in an empty pool as Torres video calls the girl he likes to serenade her with the song.

Torres, who penned “Traidora” by Marc Anthony and Gente de Zona and Pablo Milanes‘ “Para Que Un Día Vuelvas,” among others, wrote this single, which was originally interpreted by Jennifer Lopez and Maluma.

According to an official statement, the song would form part of an unpublished album by Lopez but was never released.

“Recordandote” marks Torres second release in 2020, following “Deja La Tristeza.”