Multi-Grammy winning music producer Emilio Estefan has enlisted his wife Gloria Estefan and a battalion of Latin music stars for a musical pushback to the anti-Mexican and anti-immigrant rhetoric unleashed by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, reports Billboard Magazine. The Miami-raised Cuban exile tells Billboard’s Leila Cobo that We’re All Mexican, set to be released later in September, will also include Latin music stars such as Shakira, Carlos Santana, and Wisin. Also appearing are Miami radio personality Enrique Santos and celebrity chef José Andrés, a Spanish immigrant being sued by the developer after Andrés pulled out of a deal to open a restaurant in a luxury Trump hotel in Washington DC.
Emilio Estefan said he was inspired to create We’re All Mexican after hearing a TV pundit make anti-Latino statements. "I want to send a message that represents unity," Estefan tells Billboard. We’re All Mexican "is not so much an answer to the real-estate developer turned Republican candidate as it is an answer to the sentiment that we’ve progressed… Trump doesn’t represent anything to me. Everyone has their opinion, and he can have whatever opinion he wants, as long as he doesn't humiliate my people."
Trump has also been denounced by other Latin music stars, including Ricky Martin and Mexican pop-rock group Mana. Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin precipitated the stream of businesses cutting ties with Trump by announcing on June 24 that he would not perform on the Miss USA pageant, followed the next day by the Miami-based Univision network saying they would not broadcast the show. Balvin performs at Miami’s James L. Knight Center on Sept. 23, and his opener is Becky G, the tiny Mexican-American pop singer who wrote and released her own Trump shoutback We Are Mexican, back in late June.