Singer-songwriter Kali Uchis and reggaeton star Ozuna united for “Another Day in America,” a truthful song inspired by Steven Spielberg’s newest film West Side Story.
West Side Story Inspires “Another Day in America”
“Another Day in America” twists the chorus of “America” from the original West Side Story. The original was written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, who recently passed away at 91. Bernstein and Sondheim, as a result, are credited as composers and lyricists of “Another Day in America.”
Spielberg’s West Side Story adaptation stars Ansel Elgort as Tony and Rachel Zegler as Maria; who fall in love despite being affiliated with rival gangs; the Puerto Rican Sharks and the White American Jets, in 1950s New York City. They fight to gain control of their Upper West Side neighborhood.
Kali Speaks Out About The Nation’s Issues
The song retains its original message, highlighting the normalized wrongs woven throughout America. Kali has spoken about the notion on more than one occasion. She has also expressed a desire to help change the American school system to better benefit non-conforming students.
“The system doesn’t encourage individuality for a reason: they just want us to fall in line. I think they try to brainwash us from a really young age to be their little workers and whatnot,” she told UK publication iNews. “Even when kids are being ‘bad’ or whatever; I think it’s important to look at why they are acting that way. You need to learn how to foster that free-thinking and rebelliousness and turn it into something positive.”
West Side Story Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which does not include Uchis and Ozuna’s new song, is out now digitally. The album features performances by the film’s cast, including Ansel Elgort, Ariana DeBose, Rita Moreno, Rachel Zegler, and more.
Just last month, Kali teamed up with Omar Apollo for their collaborative single “Bad Life.” On the other hand, Ozuna recently linked up with Megan Thee Stallion, DJ Snake, and BLACKPINK’s Lisa for “SG.”