Canadian-headquartered music rights firm ole reports having concluded a worldwide deal with José Feliciano, to record the national anthem of Puerto Rico, “La Borinqueña”, and “En Mi Viejo San Juan” (In My Old San Juan), considered by many Puerto Ricans to be the country’s second national anthem. The deal consists of the exclusive worldwide rights to both master recordings which will be released, through ole’s label group, on Anthem Records.
Twenty percent of ole’s proceeds from these recordings are to be donated to the Flamboyan Arts Fund, an initiative dedicated to preserving and promoting the arts in Puerto Rico. The fund is a partnership between Lin-Manuel Miranda (an American composer, lyricist, playwright, singer, and actor widely known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton), his family, Jeffrey Seller (the producer of Hamilton), and the Flamboyan Foundation.
ole’s Chief Executive Officer, Helen Murphy, commented, “José Feliciano is a global music icon. While it is impossible to summarize his career and contribution to music in a few words, he has been a hit maker across the world for over five decades, and he continues to trail blaze. I am thrilled to be recording these songs with José, and I know that making this music, at this time, conveys a heartfelt message from José to the people of Puerto Rico. We are very proud to have José signed to ole, and we hope that the recordings will help raise awareness and funds for the rebuilding of Puerto Rico.”
Said Feliciano, “Throughout my life, creating and performing music has comforted me and has provided joy to my fans worldwide. This is a significant opportunity for me to contribute to the enhancement of the arts in Puerto Rico. I am grateful to ole for their passion and support.”
On Tuesday, January 15, Feliciano will perform “En Mi Viejo San Juan” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where award-winning Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Ozuna will join him. Broadcast from Puerto Rico, the show will also feature guests Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bad Bunny, and Chef/Activist, Jose Andres, and will highlight the islands’ culture as well as the restoration it still faces.