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Voces por Haití

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Priced modestly at 100 pesos, Voces por Haití is a double-disc compilation of previously released hits by some of Mexico's leading pop stars, the proceeds of which go toward charity work in Haiti on behalf of the Mexican Red Cross. A monster earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, the densely populated capital of Haiti, on January 12, 2010, killing over 200,000 people and laying waste to much of the city. Neighboring countries and their citizens mobilized quickly in the name of disaster relief. Like its American counterpart Hope for Haiti Now, Voces por Haití is a charity effort put together by the Mexican pop industry that includes hit material from Sony Music, EMI, Televisa, and other labels. The biggest hits are front-loaded on each of the two discs. Vicente Fernández's "Para Siempre," Julieta Venegas' "Me Voy," and Sin Bandera's "Entra en Mi Vida" start off disc one, which is the stronger of the two. It also boasts material from Mexican pop favorites Kalimba, Aleks Syntek, Reyli, and Ha*Ash. Alejandro Fernández's "Amor Gitano," Camila's "Abrázame," and Alejandra Guzmán's "Sólo Soy un Secreto" start off the second disc, which includes more obscurities than the first. These front-loaded hits are welcome inclusions that unfortunately are dated and overly familiar to many Mexican pop fans. For instance, Sin Bandera's "Entra en Mi Vida" dates back to 2001 and Natalia Lafourcade's "En el 2000" dates back to 2003. More interesting are the lesser-known inclusions that follow, as they tend to be more contemporary. Pxndx, Playa Limbo, and Paty Cantú are just a few of the many newcomers showcased on the latter halves of Voces por Haití. The mix of previously released hits and lesser-known material by newcomers makes for an uneven collection, but Voces por Haití is nonetheless a good value for Mexican pop fans looking to beef up their collections and support a good cause in the process.

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