Will Smith back on mu­si­cal track

Toronto Star - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Will Smith is get­ting jiggy with mu­sic again.

The Grammy-win­ning rap­per and Os­car-nom­i­nated ac­tor ap­pears on a remix of Colom­bian band Bomba Estereo’s song, “Fi­esta.” The remix was re­leased dig­i­tally on Fri­day.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion marks Smith’s re­turn to mu­sic since his 2005 al­bum, “Lost and Found.” Smith dis­cov­ered Bomba Estereo, known for its blend of Latin, trop­i­cal and elec­tro sounds, on a re­cent trip to Colom­bia. He then asked the group to col­lab­o­rate.

“When I was told that Will Smith wanted to col­lab­o­rate on a remix with Bomba, I couldn’t be­lieve it,” band founder and multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist Si­mon Me­jia said in a state­ment. “This op­por­tu­nity to work with Will was be­yond any­thing we have dreamed of . . . It’s just magic.”

Smith, 47, raps in both English and Span­ish on the song. He re­cently shot a mu­sic video for the remix.

“Fi­esta” is nom­i­nated for record of the year at next month’s Latin Grammy Awards. Bomba Estereo’s al­bum, “Amanecer,” is up for best al­ter­na­tive mu­sic al­bum.

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