On Thursday night, the Tony-award winning creator of “Hamilton”, released the song called “Almost Like Praying”, featuring many Latin artists including Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Camila Cabello, Gloria Estefan, Fat Joe, Luis Fonsi, John Leguizamo and Rita Moreno, in order to raise awareness and funds to help the devastated island.“I was like every Puerto Rican with ties to the island, with family on the island. We all had a terrible few days of silence. For some, those days were weeks,” Miranda told the Associated Press. “For me, that helplessness turned into, ‘OK, well, what can I write that will help? Can I write a tune that we can monetize?’”
“Almost Like Praying”, inspired by “Maria” from West Side Story, a song that shares the same title as the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico. It also mentions all 78 towns in Puerto Rico. Miranda was needless to say disappointed by the lack of federal government’s help, saying ““This was an unprecedented disaster and requires an unprecedented federal response. They have not yet gotten an unprecedented federal response. I am longing and waiting and jumping up and down for a federal response to match the response of our people.”
Proceeds from the song will go directly toward Hispanic Federation’s disaster relief fund.
The song is available on Spotify, iTunes, Tidal and more.
The Hispanic Federation’s disaster relief fund is also accepting donations online!