Latin American singers join their voices to contribute to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Americas – PAHO / WHO
Singer Salomón Beda will donate the royalties of the new version of his song “Pa’alante”, performed by 17 artists, to PAHO’s response in countries in the region.
Washington, DC, April 10, 2020 (OPS) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Colombian singer Salomón Beda have signed an agreement whereby the artist donates the royalties from his musical theme, “Pa’alante “to activities that PAHO is carrying out in the Americas region to combat the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
Artists from Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela, Chile, Puerto Rico and the United States joined forces to record a new version of Beda’s song, titled ” Pa’alante “, with the aim of raising funds for the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of an initiative called #Volveranlosabrazos (Hugs Will Come Back). The song’s version will be made available on digital music and video platforms (Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, among others), and the royalties obtained will be donated to PAHO.
The collaborators of the new version of “Pa’alante” are: Santiago Cruz, Sie7e, Telebit, Simon Grossman, Luz Pinos, Vicente Cifuentes, Marissa Mur, Mareh, Pilar Cabrera, Kanaku and el Tigre, Sebastián Romero, Alejandro and Maria Laura , Duina del Mar, Prime Numbers, Lorena Blume, Alejandro Roca Rey and Matias Cella, who performed the musical mix. It is “a synchronized Pan American choir trying to help the most vulnerable,” Beda said. The artists will also collaborate in disseminating information about the disease among their followers.
In addition to fundraising, Beda added, “The song is perfect for giving people courage and strength in these difficult times. But we also know that many people need more resources to survive this crisis, and that is why we have decided to give our all to try to help the most vulnerable people. “
PAHO called on donors and partners to increase the capacity of countries in the Americas to respond to COVID-19. The response strategy has two main objectives: to stop the transmission of the virus and to mitigate the health impact of COVID-19 in the Region. $ 94.8 million is initially needed to support critical response efforts in countries most in need of aid until September 2020.