How to get huge artists like Carlos Santana, Los Lonely Boys, Alberto Cortez, Alex Lora from El Tri and Willie Nelson in a recording studio for free?
Ask activist Dolores Huerta; her charity and the Hermes Foundation assembled a very impressive list of world renown artists to record the album, Proyecto de Amor.
With 15-tracks Proyecto de Amor features spoken poems from Deepak Chopra as well as different versions of the especially penned song “Claro Que Se Puede.” There is an Español version from Santana, an English version sung by Willie Nelson, and even a Corrido Norteño version of the song interpreted by Los Bravos Del Norte!
“La música soporta la lucha,” said Huerta, who has been fighting for Latino rights for more than 4 decades. “We know it’s a long struggle, but we can’t give up. Every immigrant group that has arrived to the US has been able to become legal. We’re not asking for anything else.”
Huerta’s foundation is planning to use revenue from the album to raise awareness about immigration reform, while The Hermes Foundation will use its share of the profit to aid children in Mexico’s poorest districts. In 24 years of history, The Hermes Foundation has given away more than 100,000 toys to kids in need and paid for countless cleft palate surgeries in Chiapas, Mexico.
During the release party, Hermes Music Foundation president Alberto Kreimerman announced that two more volumes will be recorded, featuring artists like José José, Maná and Camila; furthermore, there are plans of bringing all artists together in a concert in Los Angeles next summer.
Proyecto de Amor is available on iTunes and Amazon. It makes an excellent Christmas present. Not only will you be giving away great tunes and poems, but your present will improve the life of a Mexican child, and immigrants in general.