In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Puerto Rico’s flag, musicians Stretch and Bobbito with the M19s Band have teamed up with Marvel Comics graphic novelist Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez to release a remake of the anthem “Que Bonita Bandera,” a music video and a new comic book featuring Miranda-Rodriguez’s groundbreaking superhero La Borinqueña.
STRETCH AND BOBBITO + THE M19s BAND “QUE BONITA BANDERA” MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTED BY BOBBITO OUT NOW! – Digital/vinyl + accompanying “Que Bonita Bandera” La Borinqueña comic book by Edgardo Mirando-Rodriguez all available here! https://t.co/VdhPS1rR5X
— BOBBITO GARCIA (@koolboblove) December 18, 2020
Released by Grammy Award winner Eddie Palmieri’s label Uprising Music NYC, the song features a piano solo by Palmieri and vocals by Jeimy Osorio, Mireya Ramos, Danny Rivera, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Chamir Bonano and Sabrina Cintrón.
Joining the party in the music video are several Puerto Rican celebrities, including actors Rosario Dawson (The Mandalorian), Lauren Luna Velez (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Rosie Perez (Birds of Prey), Ramon Rodriguez (TV’s The Wire), Freddy Rodriguez (Nothing Like the Holidays), Justina Machado (TV’s One Day at a Time) and Olympic medalist Laurie Hernandez.
Also making an appearance is La Borinqueña, an original creation of Miranda-Rodriguez, whose “powers are drawn from the history and mysticism found on the island of Puerto Rico.” Last year, Miranda-Rodriguez was honored at the San Diego Comic Con for his anthology series Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico, which featured La Borinqueña joining forces with DC mainstays like Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman.
Powers to decolonize + celebrate! If you've ever seen a Puerto Rican stand up for social justice, you'll see protesting and dancing! Tomorrow we celebrate our flag's 125th anniversary and.i executive produced this new song to commemorate it with my amigxs! https://t.co/MvRsATEEMj
— Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez 🇵🇷 La Borinqueña (@MrEdgardoNYC) December 21, 2020
All proceeds go to non-profit organizations in Puerto Rico through the La Borinqueña grants program.