The plight of migrant families separated at the border has been met with silence by many Latin acts, but has spurred others into a creative frenzy aimed at raising awareness and more.
One of those is Victoria “La Mala,” the up and coming regional Mexican singer/songwriter signed to Roc Nation Latin, who not only marched in support of reuniting families last month, but who also wrote “Corazón Valiente” (Brave Heart) with Claudia Brant in the wake of the government’s decision to rescind DACA.
“You risked so much searching for a dream, how can they tear it away like that?” La Mala asks in her song, inspired in part by her own immigration experience when she moved from Mexico to the U.S. at eighteen years old.
“All of us come here looking for a better life, a dream, and it’s terrible to be treated like possible criminals,” she tells Streets Talkin. “In my family, many who came without papers have gone on to become doctors, attorneys, even mayors of their towns. This is an issue of humanity, not politics.”
In tandem with the song’s release, La Mala has launched a Facebook fundraiser campaign called “Corazon Valiente” to raise money for the RAICES Foundation, a nonprofit providing legal services to immigrant children, families and refugees.
The song, produced by Brant and Ezequiel “Cheche” Alara, will be released tomorrow (July 13) on Roc Nation, but you can get an exclusive first listen below.