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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

More than 100 Artists support singer Alejandro Sanz in Venezuela spat

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 80 performers and other celebrities have signed a statement supporting Grammy-winning Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz after two Venezuelan concerts were canceled because of his criticism of Hugo Chavez.

The letter, released Wednesday, was signed by performers including Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Penelope Cruz and even soccer star David Beckham. It said the signers "believe in a Latin America where we are all free to express our views."

Venezuelan organizers last week announced that Sanz's sold-out Feb. 14 concert in Caracas was canceled because it lacked "the appropriate conditions." A November concert also was scrapped when officials withdrew permission to use a government auditorium.

Sanz's criticism of President Hugo Chavez led Venezuelan officials to declare he is not welcome in the country — though ticket sales to fans might indicate otherwise.

Sanz closed a Sunday concert in the Dominican Republic by dedicating a song to his Venezuelan fans: "a bunch of people in a country where I cannot go."

Source: USA Today

Artists include singers, actors, sportsmen, even filmmakers. Other artists who expressed their solidarity to Alejandro Sanz: Paulina Rubio, Joan Manuel Serrat, Carlos Vives, Joaquín Sabina, Juan Luis Guerra, David Bisbal, Jorge Drexler, Fito Páez, José María Cano, Laura Pausini, Julieta Venegas, Miguel Bosé, Raphael, Víctor Manuel, Alberto Iglesias, Fher Olvera, Juan Calleros, Sergio Vallín y Alex González (Maná), Leonor Watling, Rafael Basurto (Los Panchos), Alex Ubago, Dover, Ana Belén, Jarabe de Palo, La Quinta Estación, Rosario, Presuntos Implicados, Nacho Duato, Melendi, Manolo Escobar, El Sueño de Morfeo, Alejo Estivel, Chenoa, María de Medeiros, Nena Daconte, Amaya Montero, Ángel Nieto, Alex Crivillé and Fonsi Nieto.

But Venezuelan singer, Carlos Baute, who is living in Spain, since he got more successful there, rather than Venezuela , rejected to sign the support letter and show some support to Hugo Chavez (he said Alejandro won't be able to collect any single signature.... big mistake). A press meeting is expected with this artists, since he said his comments against Alejandro Sanz were taken by the media out of context, so we must wait and see what he is going to say.

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