The great Willie Colón, the Bronx-born salsa star with Puerto Rican roots, did it again. Willie posted a song online last Friday that demolishes Nicolás Maduro – the hand-picked successor to deceased president Hugo Chávez on this Sunday’s election in Venezuela.
The song refers to Mr. Maduro – without outrightly naming him – as the candidate who exudes in “Fresh Lies.” The opposition candidate, Henrique Capriles Radonski, has now embraced the popular song’s name “Fresh Lies” when referring to Maduro.
Venezuelan actor, Rolando Padilla, wrote the popular tune, which has garnered a huge following because it runs through a litany of problems brought about by the 14-years of mismanagement by Hugo Chávez – challenges like collapsing bridges, a currency devaluation, electrical blackouts and rampant crime.
Mr. Colón urges his listeners to vote for Mr. Capriles on Sunday.
I, together with many of my Cuban-American friends, call on Venezuelans who want the best for their country to vote for Capriles on Sunday.
To listen to the song “Fresh Lies,” (in Spanish), click on https://soundcloud.com/mentirafresca/mentira-fresca-1 and “Pa’lante, Hermanos Venezolanos!”