Lin-Manuel Miranda Drops A Star-Studded Benefit Single For Puerto Rico


“Hamilton” playwrightLin-Manuel Mirandadropped a benefit single for Puerto Rico on Thursday night that included alarge list of famous Latin musicians.

Proceeds from “Almost Like Praying” will go toward theHispanic Federation UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fundto help support those affected byHurricane Maria. The track, written by Miranda, incorporates vocals by Jennifer Lopez, “Despacito” singer Luis Fonsi and Gloria Estefan, as well as Broadway stars Rita Moreno, John Leguizamo and Ana Villafañe. 

If the track sounds familiar, that’s because it’s a throwback to the “West Side Story” track “Maria,” where Tony compares his love’s name to a soft prayer. 

“Say it loud and there’s music playing,” Miranda sings. “Say it soft and it’s almost like praying, it’s almost like praying.” 

The songs lyrics feature the names of all 78 cities in Puerto Rico, from Aguadilla to Yabucoa.

Miranda, whose grandparents were raised in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, has been extremely vocal about getting aid to the storm-ravaged island. After PresidentDonald Trumpattacked San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Twitter, Miranda said the president was going “straight to hell.”

Miranda has long used his talents to shed light on the struggles of immigrants. He shared what it was like growing up in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood in his Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning show, “In The Heights.” More recently, he created the outrageously successful play “Hamilton,” which featured a multi-ethnic cast and put a positive lens on the contribution of immigrants to American society.

“Almost Like Praying” will beavailable worldwide by Sunday


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This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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