Des­pac­ito singer­song­writer de­fends Justin Bieber

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Music - By SA­MARTH GOYAL

PUERTO Ri­can singer-song­writer Luis Fonsi, who has hit the num­ber one spot across dif­fer­ent coun­tries with his track

Des­pac­ito, fea­tur­ing Daddy Yan­kee – and Cana­dian singer Justin Bieber in the English ver­sion – doesn’t mind that Bieber fails to per­form the Span­ish ver­sion of the song at live con­certs. Fonsi and Bieber have sung the song to­gether in Puerto Rico at a live show.

In a re­cent video that went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia, Bieber has been trashed for not be­ing able to sing the Span­ish parts of

Des­pac­ito, while singing the English por­tions with ease. Bieber has per­formed the num­ber at clubs and a few other venues,when­hegotare­quest­tos­ing


Since he stum­bled over the

Span­ish words, mem­bers of the


Amer­i­can com­mu­nity felt this was a sign of dis­re­spect.

How­ever, Fonsi, the orig­i­nal creator of Des­pac­ito, is un­der­stand­ing about the fact that Bieber doesn’t know Span­ish, and there­fore is un­able to sing in that lan­guage.

“I per­son­ally don’t see a prob­lem with this,” Fonsi said on the phone from Los Angeles. “He doesn’t know the lan­guage. You can’t ex­pect some­one to sing in a lan­guage that they don’t know.

“When (Justin Bieber) recorded that song, he recorded it pho­net­i­cally (go­ing by the sound of the words). I mean, if you ask me to record a song in any lan­guage, I can do that pho­net­i­cally, in a stu­dio. But if you then ask me to sing it live, I won’t be able to sing it again, be­cause I don’t know the lan­guage!” says Fonsi.

The song, which was orig­i­nally writ­ten and recorded in Span­ish and has a remix ver­sion fea­tur­ing Bieber, is rul­ing the charts right now vir­tu­ally ev­ery­where. That’s some­thing Fonsi never ex­pected in his ca­reer. He will re­main grate­ful to Bieber for that.

“You know, if (Bieber) wanted, he could have kept the cho­rus in English. But he didn’t do that, and kept it as it is in Span­ish. I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate him for that,” says Fonsi.

“He sang the Span­ish parts as well in the stu­dio and he did a bril­liant job with that. The song has be­come such a big hit and I never ex­pected that. I’ve been a singer-song­writer for over 20 years now, and songs like th­ese hap­pen once, or maybe twice in your ca­reer.” – The Hin­dus­tan Times/Tribune News Ser­vice

Bieber recorded the Span­ish part of Des­pac­ito pho­net­i­cally in the stu­dio.

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