Throughout the years, Puerto Rican artists have continuously paid musical homage to the beauty of their island and the spirit of its people.
Those many songs range from composer Rafael Hernández‘s classic “Lamento Borincano,” a story of the economic struggles of the Puerto Rican farmer, to Marc Anthony‘s emotional interpretation of Hernandez’s “Preciosa.”
And we can’t forget Eddie Palmieri‘s smoking “Puerto Rico,” which includes the lyrics, “Although I’m very far away, I don’t forget you, because you are my treasure. How I love you, my Borinquén (Puerto Rico).”
As Puerto Rico suffers catastrophic flooding and power outages from Hurricane Maria, we offer this healing playlist in solidarity to the battered nation.
Save the Children and the crowdfunding nonprofit Global Giving are among the organizations who have set up funds for the public to donate money for relief efforts in Puerto Rico and other nations facing disaster situations in the wake of the hurricane.
“Lamento Borincano,” performed by Daniel Santos
“Preciosa,” performed by Marc Anthony
“Puerto Rico,” Eddie Palmieri
“En Mi Viejo San Juan,” sung by José Feliciano
“Caras Lindas,” performed by Ismael Rivera
“Bandera,” Draco Rosa
“Hecho en Puerto Rico,” Don Omar
“Raza de Mil Colores,” Ricky Martin
“Mi Gente,” Johnny Pacheco’s eternal song, sung by the great Hector Lavoe
“100%,” Big Pun feat. Tony Sunshine