Which goes further or has more impact – documents leaked online or a song? Famed Calle 13 frontman Residente will give Wikileaks founder Julian Assange a taste of a new kind of subversive communication tonight – music. The outspoken rapper and songwriter will meet with Assange at 10 p.m. London time Thursday to write a song with him. The two men will compose in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where Assange has taken refuge for the past year after being charged by the U.S. government over Wikileaks’ massive release of government documents.
Residente announced the songwriting session Thursday afternoon, releasing photos of him and Assange meeting at the embassy on Wednesday night. The Puerto Rican Residente (real name René Pérez Joglar) is known for the socially and politically critical songs he writes for Calle 13, a popular group. He has invited his more than five million Twitter followers to send ideas during his and Assange’s songwriting session, which will focus on themes of disinformation and media manipulation.
"We support Assange because he is a victim of media manipulation,” Residente said in a statement. “He is accused of releasing information to which we should have had access, because we deserve to be well informed.”
There was no word as to whether the Assange song will be included on Calle 13’s fifth album, which will be released this fall.