Some of the world’s biggest artists have teamed up with Cuban band Rhythms Del Mundo for a benefit album that puts a Latin twist on well-known songs.
The Killers, Amy Winehouse, Fall Out Boy, Jack Johnson, KT Tunstall, Keane, Cat Power, Kaiser Chiefs, OneRepublic and the Rolling Stones are among the acts featured on “Rhythms Del Mundo Classics,” which is set for release July 13.
The album aims to raise awareness and funds for climate crisis projects and natural disaster relief through the U.K.-based charity Artists Project Earth.
Covers include the Killer’s “Hotel California” (originally done by the Eagles), Amy Winehouse’s “Cupid” (Sam Cooke), John Mayer and Fall Out Boy’s “Beat It” (Michael Jackson) and Keane’s “Under Pressure” (Queen). Each act reimagined their tune in collaboration with Rhythms del Mundo, which is made up of some of Cuba’s top musicians.
“Classics” follows the similar 2006 album “Rhythms Del Mundo Cuba,” the idea for which emerged out of the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
That compilation featured Buena Vista Social Club musicians reworking tunes from such acts as Coldplay, U2, Maroon 5, Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand.