September 29, 2017 / 4:35 PM / 22 days ago

Beyonce remixes Latin hit 'Mi Gente' to aid disaster relief efforts

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Beyonce has released a new single and video to help with relief efforts following the recent natural disasters in the Caribbean and Mexico.

Singer Beyonce Knowles arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York, May 5, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files

“Mi Gente (My People),” a remix of the Latin hit by J. Balvin and Willy William, marks the R&B singer’s first new music since giving birth to twins in June.

“I am donating my proceeds from this song to hurricane relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other affected Caribbean islands,” Beyonce said on her Instagram page on Thursday.

“We’re heartbroken by the hurricanes and earthquakes that have devastated families around the world. There are many ways to help,” she added in a message on her official website, where she directed followers to a number of disaster relief organizations.

Hurricane Maria, the most powerful storm to hit Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years, has killed at least 16 people on the island and more than 30 across the Caribbean. In Puerto Rico, most of the island’s 3.4 million residents have been 10 days without power and residents have complained about the slowness of official U.S. recovery efforts [L2N1M92DZ].

The original Spanish-language “Mi Gente,” released in June, has been a No. 1 hit in much of South America and in many European nations, and has been viewed 893 million times on YouTube.

The remix by Beyonce, featuring home videos of ordinary people dancing, is expected to push sales higher and by Friday had already been viewed more than 1.8 million times.

Beyonce also lent her support to relief efforts in her home town of Houston, Texas, sending a taped message to a charity telethon earlier in September that raised more than $44 million for the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

“Natural disasters don’t discriminate. They don’t see if you’re an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor ... we’re all in this together,” she said at the time.

Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z’s annual benefit concert in October in New York will also raise funds for victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria as well as the Sept. 19 earthquake in Mexico.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Tom Brown

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