Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Sunday 19 September |
Our Lady of La Salette
home iconNews
line break icon

Prayer is to the rhythm of reggaeton for the young people at the World Youth Day 2019

Aleteia - published on 12/12/18 - updated on 12/12/18

Fr. Rob Galea, of "The X-Factor" fame, and singer-songwriter Iván Díaz, created the song "Aquí Estoy" which was inspired by the words of the Virgin Mary.

What will the hundreds of thousands of young people sing when they gather this coming January in Panama to participate in World Youth Day? Yes, although you might not believe it: reggaeton!

On December 12, the song “Aquí Estoywas presented in Vatican City. The song was written specifically so that the young men and women who will gather for the encounter with Pope Francis can pray, sing, and dance to their favorite rhythm.

The song is an initiative of the Fundación Ramón Pané, whose president, Ricardo Grzona, got together with Colombian singer-songwriter Iván Díaz, who lives in Miami, and famous priest Rob Galea, living in Australia, to create this musical composition that transcends categories.

“We want to touch the hearts of young people using their own language and contagious rhythm,” explains Ricardo Grzona. “The new evangelization consists precisely in this: presenting the eternal message of God’s love, in formats and in languages that can fill young people with enthusiasm.”

Father Robert (“Rob”) Galea (Malta, 1981), who participated in “The X Factor” in Australia, the country where he now lives, and who had already sung the World Youth Day hymn at the event in Sydney in 2011, contacted Colombian singer-songwriter Iván Díaz, who is well known in the United States and Latin America, asking him to compose a song with a very clear goal: to win over more young people.

The song was co-produced in Miami by Iván Díaz, author of the song “Nuestra Alegría,” official hymn of the V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry, organized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and by recording engineer Shafik Palis, who has won various Latin Grammys in his category.

The song can be heard on many digital streaming platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Google Play, and YouTube, among others.

The Fundación Ramón Pané (www.fundacionpane.org), in collaboration with the organizers of the World Youth Day (www.panama2019.pa), which will be held on January 22-27, 2019, is building a theme park called Cristonautas, with a prayer room where “Aquí Estoy” will be playing.

The title is inspired in the words of the Virgin Mary, who upon receiving from the archangel the news that she would be the Mother of the Savior, answered with these words: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word.” (Lk 1:38)

These same words are the motto that Pope Francis has chosen for this World Youth Day.

You can watch and share the music video of the song “Aquí Estoy” on:

https://youtu.be/t5VUwLsd9jI

Tags:
MusicWorld Youth Day

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
ANMOL RODRIGUEZ
Domitille Farret d'Astiès
Attacked with acid as a baby, Anmol Rodriguez overcomes and inspi...
2
Kathleen N. Hattrup
Pope considers what to do with pro-abortion Catholic politicians
3
ARGENTINE CHILDREN
Esteban Pittaro
Argentine “Mother Teresa” was a former model and actress who embr...
4
RESURRECTION
Philip Kosloski
Your body is not a “shell” for your spirit
5
Kathleen N. Hattrup
On same-sex unions, Pope says Church doesn’t have power to change...
6
PIER GIORGIO FRASSATI
Cerith Gardiner
12 Habits of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati that every young adult...
7
Visalia CHURCH
J-P Mauro
The largest Catholic parish church in the US will soon be in Cali...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.