Miami songwriter and singer Elsten Torres is blowing a musical alarm over the anti-immigrant stance of presidential candidate Donald Trump. Torres, an independent artist and award-winning composer of hits for stars such as David Bisbal and Luis Fonsi, wrote Trumpeta – a nickname for Trump that puns on the Spanish word for trumpet and an internet meme that portrays him as a bellowing horn – after the incident this summer when Trump threw Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of a press conference for asking about immigration.
"I just couldn’t believe this was happening in this country," says Torres, 50, whose mother brought him to the U.S. from Cuba as a toddler after his father became a political prisoner. "We left Cuba for that reason, we want the right to say what we want. [Ramos] was asking a legitimate question that Trump didn’t want to answer. My father was in prison for 12 years in Cuba for speaking his mind."
The Ramos incident took place as Torres, who also goes by Fulano de Tal, was in the middle of touring for his latest album, Exitos Acusticos. He and longtime producer Rodolfo Castillo and his manager John Badell wrote Trumpeta overnight. But they didn’t start pushing it until this week, when an animated video (in Spanish and English), which shows Trump as a toupee-topped, bellowing trumpet, was done. Torres has already been interviewed by Telemundo and La Opinion in Washington, D.C. Ten percent of profits from sales of the song will go to immigrant and civil rights organizations, Presente.org, Courage Campaign and the Colibri Center for Human Rights.
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Torres hopes Trumpeta will encourage others to talk back to Trump.
"For him to say go back to your country – this is our country," Torres says. "This is all of our country. We’re all immigrants."