Famous Mexican musicians say ‘don’t vote for the racists’ like Donald Trump

21 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Famous Mexican musicians say ‘don’t vote for the racists’ like Donald Trump.

Amid the crooning boleros, swivelling hips, and Cumbia beats, it was a stark moment of political protest that stole the show at this year’s Latin Grammy awards. Two of Mexico’s most famous groups – rock band Maná and norteño legends Los Tigres del Norte – joined forces on stage to make it abundantly clear how they feel about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

After a stirring performance of the Los Tigres’ migrant anthem Somos Mas Americanos – We are more American – the musicians unveiled a sign: “Latinos unidos no voten por los racistas” – Latinos, united, don’t vote for the racists. Los Tigres, Mexican immigrants based in San Jose, California, have over the past 50 years gained huge popularity on both sides of the border, singing about the harsh realities of love, immigration and the narcotics trade. After the awards, lead singer Jorge Hernández told the Los Anglees Times that they felt it important to emphasise the importance of voting smartly at a time in which candidates such as Trump are referring to Mexican immigrants as criminals and “rapists”. “We have so many people who need immigration reform … who need other kinds of help. So we are here to say, ‘If you can do it, think of those in need.’” “There are more than 50 million Latinos in the United States – it has the second highest number of Spanish-speaking people in the world, after Mexico.

Both bands have teamed up with the voter registration group Voto Latino to launch a registration effort called SomosMas2016.com, which went live during last night’s show.

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