Ricky Martin finds inspiration in Puerto Rico protests

Ricky Martin’s wide smile began to fade as the Puerto Rican superstar talked about his next album, SIA reports referring to AP.

It’s influenced by the US territory’s political turmoil as people struggle to recover from Hurricane Maria and a recent 6.4 magnitude earthquake that killed one person and destroyed hundreds of homes amid a 13-year recession. “I’m going to use my music to carry the message of all those who aren’t being heard,” he told The Associated Press on Monday while preparing for a concert on his native island.

The 48-year-old father of four children joined in the big demonstrations last year that led Ricardo Rossello to resign as the island's governor, and although he hasn’t been at the most recent protests against current Governor Wanda Vazquez, he has gone on social media urging her to step down. Martin’s upcoming album is not the one he originally envisioned. He said he was going through a very romantic period in his life when he began recording, but all that changed when the 2019 protests in Puerto Rico erupted.

The demonstrations were fed by anger over corruption and over the way the government responded to Hurricane Maria, the September 2017 storm that wreaked havoc on the island, killing an estimated 2,975 people in its aftermath. Martin participated in the demonstrations alongside other artists and found a new idea for the album.

Martin said the album will be titled “Movimiento” and will contain 12 songs. One of the album’s songs is the newly released single “Tiburones,” which means “sharks” in Spanish. The video was shot in Puerto Rico and shows a woman face to face with police in riot gear. Around her neck is a green kerchief that Martin said was the actress’ idea to wear and one he fully supports since it symbolizes the fight for a woman’s right to have an abortion.

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