Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Puerto Rico Hurricane Tribute Is 'Almost Like Praying'

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Stacy Diaz | 07 October, 2017, 00:38

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the "Hamilton" mastermind, was on a family vacation in Austria when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the island where his parents were born and where he spent countless summers growing up.

Miranda joined "CBS This Morning" to discuss why he made a decision to write the song, how it all came together and his recent tweets slamming President Trump for the federal response in Puerto Rico. "There was this bad silence while we all waited to hear from our families", he told Good Morning America, "and my social media, my Facebook, my Twitter, was filled with, my friends and my family: "Has anyone heard from Isabela? For some, those days were weeks", Miranda told the Associated Press". "Short of that, I don't need to see another photo op, I need action and I need people to help my island".

Lin-Manuel began working on the track, an adaptation of "Maria" from stage musical "West Side Story", two days after the hurricane of the same name hit.

Miranda said he had "called every Puerto Rican I know" to sing on the song.

He assembled a roster filled with superstars like Jennifer Lopez, Ruben Blades, Fat Joe, Rita Moreno, and many more.

The full sale price of $1.29 will benefit The Hispanic Federation's UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund to help meet hurricane-related needs and recovery in Puerto Rico. "But also, hopefully, these towns never feel forgotten again".

He recalled to Rolling Stone magazine: "The rapper PJ Sin Suela recorded at home".

Lin-Manuel Miranda was born and raised in the culturally-significant neighborhood of Inwood, New York. "That gives you an example of the effort and the cooperation involved".

"Everyone said yes, sight unseen", he said, although some notable Latin musicians - Pitbull, Daddy Yankee, Ricky Martin - were too busy with their own relief efforts.

But while Miranda did tell the Miami Herald that he wanted a stronger federal response to Maria, he did not claim anywhere that he was doing more than FEMA.

He said: "I knew the name Maria was forever going to have a destructive connotation to this island".