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Venezuela’s Government Doesn’t Like New TV Series About Hugo Chavez, So They’re Making Their Own

Hugo Chavez, the former president of Venezuela, was a charismatic and divisive figure. Some admire Chavez for championing the poor and protecting them from the interests of Venezuelan elites. But Chavez also slowly eroded basic human rights so he could stay in power, and his own flawed economic policies paved the way for current Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro and the Venezuelan economic crisis. It would be fair to say that opinions about Chavez are polarized.

So it should come as little surprise that “El Comandante,” a television series covering the life of Hugo Chavez, has critics divided.

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Sony Pictures TV’s “El Comandante” isn’t even into its 60-episode run in South America, and the show has already inspired anger and potential legal action from those who knew Chavez well.  The show, produced by Moises Naím, a self-described “Chavez critic,” has been called “trash” by President Maduro, NBC News reports.

The role of Hugo Chavez is played by Andres Parra, who also played Pablo Escobar in “Pablo Escobar, el patrón del mal.” This has caused controversy among political leaders in Venezuela, who believe the association between Escobar and Chavez is an attempt to ruin Chavez’s reputation. Diosdado Cabello, one of the leading figures of Venezuela’s socialist party, released a statement, saying, “They attacked him when he was alive and now he’s not physically with us.”

In response to “El Comandante,” the Venezuelan government is now developing a miniseries that will show the “true” version of Chávez’s life.

Maduro has called the government-sanctioned show a “counter-attack” against the Sony Pictures TV series, which he has accused of “twisting the truth” of Chavez’s legacy, the BBC reports. Adan Chávez, Hugo Chávez’s brother and Culture Minister of Venezuela, already has a Venezuelan-Cuban production team working on their show, which is tentatively titled “The True Chávez.” In the meantime, Venezuela will air pro-Chavez television programs, including a documentary titled, “Los Sueños Llegan Como la Lluvia”, according to Vanguardia.

“El Comandante” begins airing on January 30th in Latin America, with Telemundo set to air the show in the United States.

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Micro TDH And Myke Towers’ “El Tren” Collab Is Bound To Be A Runaway Hit

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Micro TDH And Myke Towers’ “El Tren” Collab Is Bound To Be A Runaway Hit

Venezuelan singer-songwriter Micro TDH released his new single “El Tren.” Puerto Rican rapper Myke Towers hitches a ride on their real-life train in the music video.

Micro TDH is one of Venezuela’s premier rapper-singers.

“El Tren” is Micro TDH’s second taste of new music this year. In February, he released the acoustic ballad “Ni Vivo Ni Muerto” with fellow Venezuelan artist Lasso. That music video has over 17 million views.

Though Micro TDH’s songs are very romantic right now, he started out as a rapper in Venezuelan’s Latin trap scene. He rose to prominence in the country with Big Soto, another local rapper-turned-singer. The two recently collaborated on the song “Lloro” on Big Soto’s The Good Trip album.

Micro TDH is breaking through globally thanks to his work with Karol G’s producer.

In 2018, Micro TDH became more of a global presence after signing with Big Ligas. The label is headed by Colombian producer Ovy on the Drums, who is most known for his hits with Karol G. Micro TDH’s first hit with Big Ligas was “Aqui Estoy,” which has over 26 million views on YouTube. He is a versatile artist who can rap and sing his heart out.

Micro TDH and Myke Towers send their exes packing with the most loving lyrics.

“El Tren” definitely goes down more of the románticas route. Micro TDH wrote the song with Myke Towers and Ovy on the Drums, who also produced it. Spanish guitar and reggaeton beats soundtrack Micro TDH and Towers’ sweet goodbye to their exes. Any chance for reconciliation has left with the last train out of town. Micro TDH and Towers come through with a dreamy kiss-off track.

Since working with Big Ligas, Micro TDH has released a string of hit singles. Towers recently dropped his new album Lyke Mike.

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Venezuelan Rising Star Carmen DeLeon Talks Break-Up Inspired “Pasado” and How Her Abuelos Inspired “Cafecito”

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Venezuelan Rising Star Carmen DeLeon Talks Break-Up Inspired “Pasado” and How Her Abuelos Inspired “Cafecito”

Carmen De Leon is a rising star hailing from Caracas, Venezuela. The 20-year-old singer moved to Tampa, Florida when she was 10 years old and then two years later moved with her family to Barcelona, Spain and lived there for six years. While in Spain, Carmen found success participating in La Voz, and started to build a following that would tune in every week to see her perform. Then she lived in Mexico for a year, Los Angeles for another year and is now settled in Miami working on her music career.

In an exclusive interview with Latido Music by mitú, Carmen De Leon talked to us about her latest single “Pasado” with Cali y El Dandee, from which she drew inspiration from her very own break-up and reminiscing about the past. We also touched on “Cafecito“, the bittersweet song in memory of her grandparents, her dream collab, and more.

Pasado” is inspired by Carmen De Leon’s real-life breakup.

Carmen recruited Colombian singers Cali y El Dandee for her latest single “Pasado,” blending 80s synthpop with reggaeton, a true popetón hit you can dance to and perhaps cry to.

On working with Cali y El Dandee, Carmen has nothing but praise for the Colombian duo, “they are like my brothers, they’re insanely talented, genuine and humble.”

It was Dandee who actually wanted her to let her feelings all out for the song.

“At that moment while I was writing the song, I was actually breaking up with my boyfriend, and I had Mauricio (Dandee) saying to me: ‘Just tell me more. Whatever you’re texting him, say it out loud so we have the right words for the song’ and that’s what we did,” Carmen says.

Just like the lyrics of the song long about the past, so did the music video which was purposely made in the film to capture the “old vibe” they were seeking to portray.

Carmen feels like this is the best song that she has made in her entire life. “It’s changed my life in a way because it’s opened me up to new audiences and I love seeing people react to it and relate to it.”

Earlier this year, Carmen released “Cafecito” which isn’t about your beloved morning beverage.

Most of us would read the title “Cafecito” and think it’s just an upbeat morning pick-me-up song, but it isn’t. “Cafecito” is a bittersweet single that Carmen says she wrote, “at 4 a.m. in the middle of a hurricane because I missed my grandparents so much, and I wanted to write about what it feels like to lose someone.”

While her abuelitos were the main inspiration behind the lyrics, the song does capture the feeling of loss that could apply to those of us losing a friendship, relationship, etc.

Before I even finish the question about her dream collaboration, Carmen excitedly yelled “Camilo!,” which also happens to be one of her favorite covers she’s posted on her YouTube channel.

Carmen’s dad chimed in the interview as well to plug in his favorite cover, which is “Graveyard” by Halsey.

We can only hope that Carmen DeLeon and Camilo collab happens and that this article serves as manifestation for it.

Good luck with everything, Carmen!

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