Covid-19: Latinos pay tribute to UAE with special rendition of anthem
The artists have come together in a unique tribute to the UAE in its fight against Covid-19.
A group of 30 Latin artists in the country have come together in a unique tribute to the UAE in its fight against Covid-19. They created a rendition of the UAE national anthem never seen or heard before.
The scratch ensemble made up of musicians, singers, dancers and even acrobats, all from South America, used a range of strings, brass, woodwinds and percussions - from the Peruvian cajón to the Cuban conga - to produce this special Latino-styled Ishy Bilady.
A day ahead of its scheduled release on social media today, its producer and Dubai-based Colombian musician Oscar Martinez told Khaleej Times it was their way of thanking the UAE for how it took care of its residents in the country's fight against the global pandemic.
"This is our collective 2020 quarantine experience," said Martinez, who has been a UAE resident for seven years.
"As artists who are part of the field of entertainment in this country, we have been directly affected in various ways, but social isolation also became a time of reflection," said Martinez who kickstarted this 'project' by creating a WhatsApp group with fellow artists to brainstorm an idea.
Little did he know that what began as a WhatsApp chat would soon transform into such a musically rich and diverse piece that was ideated by Martinez's colleague Gilberto Moncada, a percussionist from Cuba.
"So we set out to start the audio and video production of the UAE National Anthem starting from its original classical arrangement and merging and colouring with a bit of our Latin instruments and genres," explained Martinez.
Martinez believes this production is a simple message and a tribute that synthesises the reality of a country hit by the pandemic, like any other country. "This gives the leaders, doctors, citizens and artists an opportunity to show that we can return to normality and that we all can work on it as one - hand - in - hand," he added.
The song that opens with a montage of UAE landscapes and a narration goes live on social media platforms at 3pm today.
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