Now that country seems to have forever planted its feet on the plains of Abraham, the Festival d’été de Québec will take a new gamble tonight by naming Luis Fonsi to headline the first evening of Latin music in its history.
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It’s also an amazing first for the creator of Despacito. Not only has Fonsi never played in Quebec, it’s also a first in Canada for the 44-year-old Puerto Rican-born artist.
“This is a big step for Latin American music. I will give everything There’s never a first time again,” he promised in an interview protocolwhose task will be to seduce a French-speaking audience.
“It’s exciting to sing in front of a new audience, especially one that’s different from your traditional audience. I’ve done that many times over the past five years. For example in the Middle East or in Eastern Europe and I was able to connect with the crowd because music is a universal language.”
The world has opened up
Although his career has been twenty-three years, Luis Fonsi mentions the last five years because they correspond to the publication of Despacitothe planetary tube with billions of games online that has allowed Latino music to reach the general public.
“Before, my career was only in the Spanish-speaking world. Then the world opened up: Australia, China, Russia, all of Europe. I already had some fans in European countries, but with DespacitoI’ve reached a whole new level.”
He owes a proud candle to Justin Bieber, who brought the song into English by recording a remix. “It’s great what he did. I particularly appreciate that he sang the chorus in Spanish. Not many people know but we sent him a full English version but he took the time to learn the Spanish phonetics. That’s wonderful.”
Sensual, not sexual
Another aspect regarding Despacito What goes unmentioned is Luis Fonsi’s decision to team up with author Erika Ender to tell the game of carnal seduction between a man and a woman from a female point of view.
“I’ve always been very careful and strict with my lyrics. They can be sensual at times, but never sexual. Above all, they must never adopt a disrespectful tone towards women.
“Some artists, he continues, are much more aggressive and I respect that, but it’s not my thing. I write a lot with women. It is important. If you want to write a sexy song, and without the slightest doubt Despacito is one, it should always be fun and respectful. With a woman by my side, I make sure nothing is misunderstood.”
♦ Luis Fonsi in concert on the Plains of Abraham, tonight at 10pm, with Becky G and Alex Sensation supporting.