“Esperanza” (Stephanie Urbina Jones / Mark Marchetti / Jack Williams ) is a powerful song that tells the story of a young mother’s hope and desire to provide for her children through a harrowing border crossing. Not only is Esperanza the name of the song’s central character, but it is also the Spanish word for “hope.” The accompanying lyric video illustrates the heroism and love of a mother carrying her baby “Esperanza” as she makes the journey across the southern border of the United States and the Rio Grande River.
“I wrote ‘Esperanza’ over 15 years ago after having my own daughter,” says Jones. “Like every mother, as I held her in my arms, I was overwhelmed with a love I had never known.
I knew then and there that no matter what, I would do whatever it took to protect, feed, and take care of her—there is nothing more powerful than a mother’s love.”
To that end, Jones and her fellow Texicana Mamas are excited to partner with BorderAid, an organization that seeks to empower global refugees and restore dignity to the people most affected by border crises through the power of music and consciousness-raising activism. “On this Mother’s Day, we, the Texicana Mamas, dedicate this song ‘Esperanza,’ to all the mamas who have crossed borders seeking freedom, safety, and a better life for their children,” say the Texicana Mamas in a joint statement. “We are deeply humbled and honored to work with BorderAid and to use our hearts and voices to support this humanitarian effort of love without borders.”
The Texicana Mamas are set to release more music later this summer, along with their self-titled debut album.
Amor Sin Fronteras Mother’s Day online webcast — an online event to benefit BorderAid will air Sunday, May 10, available at www.borderaidfestival.com.
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