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The music of Haiti combines a wide range of influences drawn from the many people who have settled on this Caribbean island. It reflects French, African rhythms, Spanish elements and others who have inhabited the island of Hispaniola and minor native Taino influences. Haiti hadn't had a recorded music until when Jazz Guignard was recorded non-commercially. One of the most popular Haitian artists is Wyclef Jean. His music is somewhat hip-hop mixed with world music. Haitian music is influenced mostly by European colonial ties and African migration through slavery. In the case of European colonization, musical influence has derived primarily from the French. One of Haiti's musical traditions is known to outsiders simply as compas. It represents the pride Haitian people feel for their country and culture. Within the Haitian community, at home and abroad, it is widely considered as a second national anthem to La Dessalinienne and the song has recorded several different versions.
Initially, in late , it had been suggested to Richie and Quincy Jones —producer of the original "We Are the World"—that a re-cut version of the song be re-released under the title "Live 25". Following the magnitude 7. The song was recorded in fourteen and a half hours by over eighty artists on February 1, A music video directed by Paul Haggis was released to accompany and promote the song. The song was also recorded in Spanish by a Latin supergroup and was named Somos el Mundo. The song was directed by Emilio Estefan and his wife, Gloria Estefan. Michael Jackson died months before the song's release, but his material from the recording sessions was incorporated into the song and music video, as per the request of his mother, Katherine. His sister Janet duets with him on the song, and his nephews Taj, TJ, and Taryll—collectively known as 3T —feature on the track's chorus. The song was critically panned by contemporary music reviewers, with criticism focused on the song's new musical additions, as well as the choice of artists who appear on the track.