Latin music artists united in a couple of songs to raise funds for the relief and recovery of Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Below I include the videos of the songs “Isla Bendita” (Blessed Island) and “Almost Like Praying“. Additionally, I include a list of the artists that participate in each song. Finally, I also provide as much information as I could find about the songs.
Both songs make it easy for you to help Puerto Rico recover. All royalties every time you stream the songs will go to the relief fund. Additionally, both songs have links in streaming apps and in YouTube to places where you can donate your contributions.
About the Songs For Puerto Rico
The best known song is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Almost Like Praying“. Because of his fame, Li-Manuel has been invited to talk about the song in various occasions.
The other song is called “Isla Bendita” (Blessed Island) and sponsored by the newly formed non-profit organization “Unidos por Puerto Rico “. The organization was created by current Puerto Rico First Lady Beatriz Rosello for Huricane Irma. It was intended to help those in Culebra, Vieques, and the East Coast of Puerto Rico, which got hit hardest by Irma.
The song was published October 5th, and includes the following text (which I’m translated to English) in the YouTube notes:
“Isla Bendita” is a gift of love and hope from our artists to their country. Olga Tañon, Juan Luis Guerra, Luis Fonsi, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Tommy Torres, Victor Manuelle, Pirulo y La Tribu, Cosculluela “El Príncipe”, Grupo Barak, Jowell y Randy, Jerry Rivera, La Secta AllStar, Vivanateca, Joseph Fonseca, Oscar Serrano “Que Loco”, Black Guayaba, Melina León, Yaire, Brytiago, Victor Rivera de ATENCIÓN ATENCIÓN, Coro de Niños de San Juan, Inc.
The song was written by Luis Daniel “Naiz” Nieves Arocho, who also sings in the recording. It was produced by Luis Amed Irizarry. He is the same director of the recent Banco Popular Christmas Specials.
UPDATE (10/13/17): The below is now the full version of the song. Orginally only the preview of the song was available when this blog went out. The song is beautiful, but he images are heart-touching.
Lin-Manuel’s “Almost Like Praying”
The song was published October 6th, and includes the following text in the YouTube notes:
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Almost Like Praying” was written and recorded to benefit hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico with proceeds benefiting The Hispanic Federation’s Unidos Disaster Relief Fund. As you’ll see and hear him explain below, he got the inspiration from a part of the West Side Story song “Maria” (how ironic).
Vocals Performed by Marc Anthony, Ruben Blades, Camila Cabello, Pedro Capo, Dessa, Gloria Estefan, Fat Joe, Luis Fonsi, Juan Luis Guerra, Alex Lacamoire, John Leguizamo, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rita Moreno, Ednita Nazario, Joell Ortiz, Anthony Ramos, Gina Rodriguez, Gilberto Santa Rosa, PJ Sin Suela, Tommy Torres, Ana Villafañe.
Here’s Lin-Manuel Miranda talking about “Almost Like Praying”
…and here is the YouTube video of the song:
It also provides several links where you can download and stream the song. And also provides links where you can make donations to the fund.
Proceeds go to https://hispanicfederation.org/unidos/