Beto Cuevas and His Superstar Friends Sing for Chile

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Another tremor shook Chile this past weekend, just two months after the country was hit by an earthquake that killed about 500 people and caused an estimated $30 billion in damages.

Doing his part in the recovery is Santiago-born musician Beto Cuevas. The former frontman of La Ley has gathered stars like Juanes, Alejandro Sanz, Shakira, Juan Luis Guerra and Laura Pausini to record a cover of the popular song “Gracias a la Vida” in an effort to raise funds for disaster victims through Habitat for Humanity.

Originally written and performed by legendary Chilean folk singer Violeta Parra, the charity track is about giving thanks for everything we do have: “Thanks to life, which has given me so much/ It has kept my tired feet walking/ With them I walked through cities and puddles/ Beaches and deserts, mountains and plains.”

The new version was recorded from different corners of the world (Juanes was in London; Shakira in Nassau; Cuevas from L.A. etc.) as artists adjusted their schedules to make it happen. And that community spirit comes across loud and clear. You can do your part by purchasing the tune, on sale today.

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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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