The Beat Chagas campaign, which is supported by the FC Barcelona Foundation, was in the Auditori 1899 at the Camp Nou this evening to launch its new charity single Las palabras no dan miedo (Words don’t scare me) about overcoming the silence and fear associated to the disease.

Written by Jofre Bardagí and Clara V Fleck, the song also features Argentine singer Kevin Johansen, Mexican musician Benny Ibarra, Catalan singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat and one of Spain’s best known artists, Rosario Flores, all of whom are offering their talents for free.

“It’s a call on possible sufferers not to look back” explains Bardagí, a well-known figure on the Catalan music scene. “Not to feel guilty. To fight and stay on their feet, to break the silence and overcome Chagas disease”.

Jordi Cardoner, first vice-president of FC Barcelona and of the Foundation was at the event, where he said that “the power of sport can be seen in this initiative and Barça, through its Foundation, is showing what a great catalyser it is for raising awareness of this pathology”.

Also supported by such institutions as the Leo Messi Foundation, the track is published and distributed Sony Music Entertainment España and Música Global Discográfica on all major platforms.

Fighting fear

Dr Jordi Gómez i Prat, the director and producer of the project and a senior researcher at the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute in Barcelona commented that “our aim with this song is for people to get over their fear of going to the doctor”. Because of the absence of clear symptoms, it is estimated than less than 10% of cases around the world have been diagnosed.

The video that goes with the song is also form an integral part of the scheme. As Dr Pere Albajar Viñas of the World Health Organisation’s Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases explains: “The information, education and communication component of this video is a key part of raising awareness of Chagas Disease:”

The one euro of profits from each sale of the song will be donated directly to research and education regarding the disease, and to help with the distribution of Beat Chagas material throughout the world.