Stretch & Bobbito + M19s Band - Que Bonita Bandera (Digital)
In marking the 125th anniversary of Puerto Rico’s flag (December 22), Stretch & Bobbito and the M19s Band deliver a fiery take on the revolutionary Puerto Rican anthem, “Que Bonita Bandera” (What a Beautiful Flag.) Released on Latin music legend Eddie Palmieri’s Uprising Music label, the pairing of the influential hip-hop DJ duo and the M19s Band (which features outstanding hand-chosen musicians) picks up from their soulful, genre-blurring ’No Requests’ album from 2019. Indeed, this uplifting reinterpretation of the ubiquitous “Que Bonita Bandera” is filled with the same spirit of the late-‘60s Young Lords rally cry, and features iconic Latin American performers spanning generations, including legends like singer Danny Rivera and pianist Palmieri, to younger names like telenovelas actress Jaime Osorio, composer Mireya Ramos, and Chamir Bonano. All of the net profits go to Afro-Boricua grassroots programs based in Puerto Rico via the La Borinquena Grants Program.