‘Despacito’ singers slam Venezuela’s Maduro for ‘illegal’ use of song


SAN JUAN: The Puerto Rican duo behind the worldwide sexy smash Latin pop hit “Despacito” on Monday slammed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for “illegally” using their song to promote a controversial vote he is organizing. “Illegally appropriating a song doesn’t compare to the crimes you are committing and have committed in Venezuela,” one of the two, Daddy Yankee, wrote on his Instagram feed, directly addressing Maduro. The Venezuelan leader on Sunday co-opted “Despacito” in a broadcast on state TV to animate his supporters and add a luster of popularity to his politics. Lyrics were altered to urge people to “vote” and ended with an exhortation to Venezuela to get behind an election he has called for next Sunday to choose a body to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution. His co-singer on the hit, Luis Fonsi, issued a statement saying that “at no time was I consulted, nor did I authorize, the use or changes of the lyrics of ‘Despacito’ for political ends.”



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