Gaby Moreno is lending her voice to the fight for immigrant rights…
The 36-year-old Guatemalan singer-songwriter and guitarist and Grammy winner has joined voices with iconic musician Van Dyke Parks to reimagine the classic David Rudder song “The Immigrants” in the name of charity.
“I am a Guatemalan immigrant,” Moreno said in a statement. “This country welcomed me 18 years ago. It breaks my heart to see the events taking place at the border right now. We all deserve to be treated with respect and dignity and to be received into this country with more love and empathy.”
Parks echoes those sentiments, saying the new version of the song originally released 20 years ago “has a political punch, while also being joyful and underscoring how our culture is refreshed by immigrants like Gaby, and how those who arrive here can really redefine, and help build America.”
Rudder, a Trinidadian Calypso recording artist, wrote the song in response to an attack on Haitian immigrant Abner Louima by New York police officers.
The song can be heard on major streaming platforms and is available for purchase.
Funds will be provided to CARECEN, a nonprofit organization that promotes cultural diversity and works for social and economic justice.