“Soy America Latina un pueblo sin piernas pero que camina…” (Calle 13 y la Orquesta Sinfonica Simon Bolivar)

“Calle 13’s “Latinoamérica”— a panorama of Latin American images, problems and perseverance, set to an Andean-rooted beat — was named Record of the Year (for the recording) and Song of the Year (for the songwriting).  The band performed it to open the awards show, with the lead singer, rapper Residente (René Pérez),   backed by a Venezuelan symphony orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel”.  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/11/arts/music/calle-13-wins-big-at-latin-grammys.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Latin%20Grammy%202011&st=cse

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“As a seedbed for thousands of Venezuelan youngsters, the Simón Bolívar Music Foundation is bearing fruit: those Venezuelan youngsters who go through El Sistema fulfill their dreams of personal and professional realization through music. These young musicians provide a daily example of self-improvement and vitality to their fellow Venezuelans. The fruit of their
effort attests to the struggle engaged in to make the so-called Venezuelan music miracle endure and extend to other spheres of culture. Music is not only the product of the talent and virtuosity of its creators; it is the reflection of the soul of the peoples and, in this case, is the outgrowth of an education program that over the past 34 years has spread beyond
our borders and has surpassed all expectations. In the past, art was a matter of minorities for minorities; then it became a matter of minorities for majorities. Nowadays it is a matter of majorities for majorities and a key element to educating and allowing people to integrate successfully into society.”  http://www.fesnojiv.gob.ve/en/philosophy.html