A trio of Latin stars — Puerto Rican-American La India, Puerto Rican-American Huey Dunbar (whose father was Jamaican) and Cuban-American singer/actor Raul Esparza — will join the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, July 27, to sing “America,” a song penned by Gloria Estefan.
The musical performance will take part during a segment of the convention titled “Our America,” and will also feature will.i.am, sources say, who will begin the performance with another song.
“Our America” is supposed to highlight the diversity of the country, and will feature speakers of many ethnic backgrounds and everyday heroes.
While the Estefans themselves will not be performing (nor have they officially endorsed any candidate), they did allow the use of the song, confirmed Frank Amadeo, president of Estefan Enterprises. Emilio Estefan also helped select the performers of the track.
“Emilio wanted to showcase Hispanic talent that has great chops and can sing with the passion it deserves,” said Amadeo.
“America” was written for the 2015 July 4th Macy’s Parade and is all about pride and love for the United States.
The song speaks eloquently to the Estefans’ own experience as immigrants.
“It’s a love story for our country,” said Emilio Estefan last year. “I am who I am because of you,” says the initial verse. “America, I’ll live and die to keep you; America, I’ll honor and defend you. America it’s you that I belong to,” says the chorus.
Watch last year’s rendition of America here: