The track that Lin-Manuel Miranda calls his “love letter to Puerto Rico” is here — and it’s just as brilliant as we knew it would be.
“Almost Like Praying” was released Friday October 6 at 12:01 am to raise funds for the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. All proceeds for the song will be going to the Hispanic Federation to help rebuild. The guest artist list consists of an all-star collective of Luis Fonsi, Marc Anthony, Ruben Blades, Camila Cabello, Gloria Estefan, Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez, John Leguizamo, Ednita Nazario, Ana Villafañe, Tommy Torres, Ruben Blades, Juan Luis Guerra, Alex Lacamoire, Joell Ortiz, Anthony Ramos, Fat Joe, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Pj Sin Suela, and Rita Moreno.
The track is to the tune of the classic song “Maria” from West Side Story, but the lyrics are re-written to include every single town and city in Puerto Rico.
“He’s gotten everybody that he knows to come and record this,” Rita Moreno told People Chica. “I have no idea how it sounds…he’s going to stream it, put it out there to remind people what’s going on in Puerto Rico. My heart is breaking for these poor people. I keep thinking of people who may die because they can’t get their insulin. It’s needless deaths.”
Check out the video down below.