La Perla, a neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico became the setting for the “Despacito” music video earlier this year. It’s gone, Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico and reduced the popular tourist area to rubble. The Category 5 hurricane reached 165 miles at impact to the island and the massive storm encapsulated the entire country. Some estimates are six months without power after the entire power grid infrastructure was destroyed. Schools, hospitals, and homes were destroyed but Boricua Pride has not diminished one iota. The people have banded together and vowed to rebuild their homeland. This beautiful and vibrant beacon of cultural diversity and creativity will recover and recapture their glorious island’s traditions. In a year in which a song (Despacito) by a singer from Puerto Rico has become the record breaking biggest hit in music history, let’s look back of some of the beauty of the Caribbean island through the music of the nation’s biggest music superstars.
“PRECIOSA” – Marc Anthony
“DESPACITO” – Luis Fonsi
“LA MORDIDITA” – Ricky Martin
“100% ” – Big Pun Ft. Tony Sunshine
“VIVIR MI VIDA” _ – Marc Anthony (“Live My Life”)