Calle 13 collaborates with Julian Assange and Tom Morello for song about the media called 'Multi_Viral'
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sure seems to be popping up in music new a lot recently. He opened M.I.A.'s kick-off show in New York for the Matangi tour with a message about press freedom, privacy and the NSA spying scandal.
He has now teamed up with Puerto Rican duo Calle 13, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello and Palestinian singer Kamilya Jubran for a new song using messages from fans' tweets, Billboard reports.
"We're going to take their voice, what they're saying, their idea, and we're going to manipulate their idea and construct a song about the media," Calle 13's frontman, Rene Pérez, tells Assange in a the teaser trailer. "To talk against the bad media but using their voices."
The trailer makes the collaboration seem like a covert operation coming from an intense action thriller. And rightly so, Assange is currently living in exile in Ecuador, so anything he is involved with would seem underground.
According to the article, Pérez visited Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London last June. The two sent questions on a variety of themes of social justice out into the Twitter-sphere using hashtag #JulianAssangeCalle13 and received thousands of responses.
The track, called "Multi_Viral," is featured on Calle 13's upcoming album due out in March, which will be released on an independent label following the band's departure from Sony Music Latin.
The track is set to debut on Nov. 13, according to the trailer. "We're looking at different platforms," Cabra told Billboard. "Maybe we will give it away for free."
Check out the trailer here, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!