Announces National Reggaeton Awareness Day
April 1, 2012 - LatinRapper.com news
United States President
Barack Obama has declared April 1st Reggaeton Awareness Day, a
federally observed holiday to honor the urban Latin genre. Having completed his
five-day trip throughout Latin America aimed at building
markets for U.S. influence, President Obama arrived in Puerto
Rico Saturday to meet with San Juan mayor Jorge Santini.
Obama, along with Mayor Santini and reggaeton artist Don Omar,
announced the holiday on the steps of the San Juan City Hall.
"As a Senator working
throughout the diverse streets of Chicago, I've long held an
appreciation for reggaeton," stated Obama, casually dressed in
a white t-shirt emblazoned with the flag of Puerto Rico.
"It was my Hispanic constituents that first introduced to me
to artists like Wisin and Yandel, Don Omar, and Franco el
Obama cited America's
growing Hispanic population as one of the many reasons for the
creation of the nationally-recognized day. Popular music
artist and Santurce native Don Omar was present at the event,
having been announced as the official "Ambassador of Perreo"
for the United States.
Speaking through an
interpreter, an emotionally moved Don Omar told the 1,500 in
attendance "It's an honor to serve as Ambassador," before
adding, "Don't forget to request Danza Kuduro at your local
Future plans for the
national day of awareness include an annual reggaeton
performance at the White House. The announcement for
Reggaeton Awareness Day was made April 1st, commonly known as
April Fool's Day.