‘Ay Haiti’ is Spain’s No. 1 hit of solidarity

Singers Bebe, David Summers, Daniel Jean and Leire are featured on “Ay
					Haiti,” the top-selling song in Spain. (Courtesy of Sony Music Spain)

Singers Bebe, David Summers, Daniel Jean and Leire are featured on “Ay Haiti,” the top-selling song in Spain. (Courtesy of Sony Music Spain)

By Miguel Ángel Rodríguez for Infosurhoy.com—04/30/2010

MADRID, Spain – Spanish producer Carlos Jean brought together some of the biggest names in music to use their voices to extend a helping hand toward Haitians reeling from the earthquake that devastated the country on Jan. 12.

“At first, I felt powerless,” said Jean, who is of Haitian descent. “I felt it was the right moment for all of us to do our small part and help out.”

That is precisely how “Ay Haiti,” a solidarity initiative in the form of a musical hymn, was born.

“In just six days more than 30,000 people came together through the Internet,” Jean said. “We had to do something.”

Since its release on April 20, the theme that features Alejandro Sanz, Enrique Iglesias, Miguel Bosé, Macaco, Juanes, Estopa, Shakira and La Oreja de Van Gogh (Van Gogh’s Ear) has become the top-selling song in Spain, according to Sony Music.

Singers Shakira, Juanes and Marta Sánchez, as well as soccer superstar Kun Aguero are featured on the music video for the relief single “Ay Haiti.”

The song’s video, featuring such soccer players as Diego Forlán, Kaká and Sergio Agüero, and actress Paz Vega, also is getting plenty of play nationwide, according to Sony Music.

The solidarity initiative took off when Jean organized some sessions of dance music, known as “mixing for Haiti,” to raise funds for Intermón Oxfam, a Spanish nonprofit organization providing assistance to the Haitian people.

Intermón Oxfam has received around €7million (US$9.3 million) in donations from Spain and more than €75 million (US$99.8 million) worldwide.

“It was a spontaneous call to participate: we skipped all the conventional channels as collaborations normally go,” said David Summers, of the musical group Hombres G (G Men), during the presentation of the project “Ay Haiti.” “Nobody even thought of making a single penny off of this.”

The artists – all of whom were volunteers – adjusted their schedules so they could produce a chart-topping hit for a great cause, Summers said.

The group performed the song live in front of a crowd of 14,000 during “La Noche de Cadena 100,” a huge concert in Madrid on April 24.

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  • loaveve lovely | 2010-11-16

    i like the video

  • meyvi | 2010-05-03

    I think that the work some elitists did to help Haiti is very good. I want to tell all the readers to keep helping Haiti, although I know you are helping, Haiti needs us and we don't know when we might need Haiti. To everyone who has contributed his or her grain of sand for Haiti I say: solidarity is to Help and put all your abilities at the service of others. Solidarity is practiced with no distinction of creed, gender, race, nationality or political affiliation. Its objective can only be the human being in need. Solidarity is the quality of continuing to be united with others in beliefs, actions and mutual support, even in and above all, during difficult times. In sociology solidarity refers to the sense of unity based on common goals or interests. Strength, people, life, good, charity and love are words related to solidarity.