The situation in Puerto Rico after the passage of Category 4 storm Hurricane Maria is still dire, with many people left without a home, potable water, and food.
Many stars like Rihanna have urged President Donald Trump to deliver aid to the U.S. territory but Hamilton creator and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda is taking it one step further.
In a series of teasing tweets, he said he’s composing a new song to raise funds for relief efforts in the Caribbean island:
Got all the yesses we wanted for this 🇵🇷 tune & then some.
Running around the country this weekend to get vocals.
To you: end of next week?
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) September 28, 2017
In an interview with CNN, Miranda said:
“It’s a love letter to Puerto Rico. I had the idea at 3 in the morning. … The initial demo was me singing in a bathroom.”
Panamanian singer and actor Ruben Blades and fellow Hamilton star Anthony Ramos will both feature in the song, which is due to be released on 6 October:
Miranda told CNN he was flattered by the reaction from Puerto Rican artists when he pitched the song:
“To every artist, I’ve said, ‘Can you help out on this song?’ And they said yes. Without even hearing the song, everyone’s joined in”
Miranda’s fans were thrilled to hear a new song was coming:
my soul has left my body this is more than i could have asked for
— jhaunay (@wrightmywayout) September 28, 2017