“For sure the first people to have our song were the NSA. Maybe they liked it and that’s why I’m still alive.” -Calle 13’s Residente (Rene Perez) in the Miami Herald (more below)
“a pan-revolutionary musical force…a powerful track that speaks the language of social dissent”
Over A Million Viewers Have Already Flocked To Calle 13’s “Multi_Viral” Lyric Video –
With Julian Assange, Tom Morello And Kamilya Jubran Joining The Outspoken Puerto Rican Duo To Confront Censorship, Media Manipulation and The Concealment of Information
“We live in the world that your propaganda made, but where you think you are strong, you are weak. Your lies tell us the truth we will use against you. Your secrecy shows us where we will strike. Your weapons reveal your fear for all to see. From Cairo to Quito, a new order is forming. The power of people armed with the truth.” – Julian Assange in “Multi_Viral”
Calle 13’s Lyricist & Vocalist Residente (Rene Perez) Has Also Discussed “Multi_Viral” With NPR, And As A Featured Guest On The Award-Winning Independent News Program Democracy Now!
Calle 13’s René “Residente” Perez on Revolutionary Music, WikiLeaks & Puerto Rican Independence
The Puerto Rican rap duo is one of the most outspoken major music acts to emerge from Latin America since the legendary Ruben Blades. Last week, the band made headlines across the Spanish-speaking world when it released “Multi_Viral,” an unlikely collaboration with Julian Assange from WikiLeaks.
The song is largely about media manipulation of information, with Calle 13’s members shouting out to recent-vintage protest movements such as Occupy Wall Street and Mexico’s #YoSoy132. Midway through “Multi_Viral,” Assange is featured speaking about misinformation and the power of popular movements.
In a phone interview with frontman Rene Perez Joglar, he says the goal of the song is to discuss how “media is controlling everything, even people’s minds, everything. Here in the U.S., it’s worse; it’s like a bubble. … It’s important to have the right information, and you are not going to get that from one newspaper or one TV show; you have to look for that. In order to get the full picture, you have to read a lot and look for yourself. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself in a war that you think is a good idea, but it’s not for a good reason.”
The duo has been outspoken since its beginnings in 2005; in the vitriolic “Querido FBI,” for example, Joglar goes on a rant about that year’s killing of Puerto Rican independence activist Filiberto Ojeda Rios by the FBI. Ever since, Calle 13 has infused its music with a strong social and political conscience.
One of my favorite lines in that song — “Hay fuegos que con agua no se apagan” — translates as, “There are fires that cannot be extinguished with water.” For its part, Calle 13 has been on fire for a long time.
You Can Also Watch AVideo Q&A With Julian Assange & Residente Discussing “Multi_Viral” On the WikiLeaks Channel:
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