The singer contributed to the Voto Latino Benefit Album to lend a hand to the Voto Latino campaign

Por People Staff
Updated Abril 18, 2008
Credit: jpi studios

Musician and singer Pitbull wants young Latinos to vote in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. In an interview with our website, the 26-year-old Cuban-American talked to us about participating in the Voto Latino campaign by writing the song “Across the waters,” which describes leaving Cuba to find better opportunities in the United States.

Voto Latino is a non-profit organization with the objective of motivating young Latinos in the United States to register to vote through celebrity endorsements and the latest technology. Apple will donate the profits made from album to Voto Latino initiatives. Voto latino Benefit Album (National Records) is now available on iTunes.

Why did you decide to participate in the campaign?
For a very important reason: As Latinos, we need to use the power that we have. The Latino vote is very important. We can complain about all the things going wrong, but we have to do something to change them.

Talk to us about the song you wrote for the album…
It's about how Cubans fight to get to the United States. I have a lot of friends and family members who died trying to leave Cuba, and others made it to the United States.

Why didn't you record the song with a reggaeton rhythm?
Because I'm not a reggaetonero. I make music – it's a universal language. To pigeonhole me as a reggaetonero because I'm Latino would be a stereotype.

What message do you hope to send to your followers?
On top of telling them that they should vote, that they see me doing it. And I hope that then they're motivated to do it too.