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!”

Chirino Receives Lifetime Achievement Award During the Latin Recording Academy’s Annual Special Awards Presentation

It’s a memorable moment for Willy Chirino

The 67-year-old Cuban singer was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Latin Recording Academy‘s annual special awards presentation on Wednesday (Nov. 19).

Willy Chirino

The ceremony, which took place one day before the Latin Grammys at the MGM Grand‘s Hollywood Theater in Las Vegas, was held to honor iconic performers and executives for their contributions to Latin music and the Latin music industry.

“This is the most important recognition of my career,” said Chirino, who is known as much for his danceable salsa music as for his vocal calls for a free Cuba.

Chirino was honored for making “creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording” during his career. The honor was shared with Portuguese fado singer Carlos Do Carmo, Mexican rocker César Costa, Spain’s Dúo Dinámico, Mexican American band Los Lobos, Argentine diva Valeria Lynch and Brazilian provocateur Ney Matogrosso.

The Trustees Award, which is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of recording, was given by vote to veteran executive André Midani, former VP of Warner Music International and former President of Warner Music Latin America, and to Venezuelan composer Juan Vicente Torrealba.

The Special Awards presentation has become one of the most poignant events of Latin Grammy week and a place to honor iconic personalities. The event was hosted by Latin Academy President/CEO Gabriel Abaroa and the Academy’s board of trustees, whose vote determines the recipients of the awards.

Sergio George’s Salsa Giants to Perform in Latin America Beginning in October

Sergio George’s Salsa Giants will have you moviendo tus caderas this fall…

The 52-year-old Puerto Rican pianist and noted record producer has announced plans for his music group to perform a series of concerts later this year.

Sergio George's Salsa Giants

The Salsa Giants kick off concert will take place on October 4th in Lima, Peru.

Oscar D’León, Luis Enrique, Cheo Feliciano, Andy Montañez, Willy Chirino, Jose AlbertoEl Canario,” Tito Nieves, vocalist Nora from Orquesta de la Luz and Charlie Zaa make up the line up of the Salsa Giants concert at Lima’s San Marcos University.

The group’s tour will continue to Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia and Panama, with dates still to be announced.

Marc Anthony, a featured singer on the Salsa Giants debut album, which was recorded live at the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival, will not be part of the group’s kick off concert, as he’s scheduled to play the same night at San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Coliseo de Puerto Rico José M. Agrelot, commonly referred to as el Choliseo.

Meanwhile, salsa pioneers the Fania All Stars will stage a rare reunion concert at the Choliseo on Oct. 18.

That line up will include Fania founder Johnny Pacheco, Ismael Miranda, Feliciano, Colón, Larry Harlow, Bobby Valentín and others who were present at the birth of salsa in 1960s in New York City.

The concert will include tributes to departed All Star members Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz, Ray Baretto and others, with a special nod to Puerto Rican cuatro player Yomo Toro, who passed away last year.

The Fania musicians will continue on a world tour in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Fania Records, according to the company’s Chief Marketing Officer Michael Rucker. No other concert dates have been announced at this time.