THE ANGELS — Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi hopes to help “continue opening doors” for Latinos in the Anglo world with his performance Sunday at the Oscars.
The Puerto Rican singer was invited to be part of the musical number of “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”, the success of the animated film “Encanto” written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, along with cast members Adassa, Stephanie Beatriz, Mauro Castillo, Carolina Gaitán and Diane Guerrero and another Latin music star, Becky G.
“For me it is a moment where we celebrate our culture and our language. We celebrate a country that I adore, Colombia, and I celebrate the composition of a great compatriot friend, Lin-Manuel Miranda”, said Fonsi. Saturday in a message to the AP hours before heading to the Dolby Theater for his second day of rehearsals.
“I feel privileged to sing on stage at the Oscars and to be able to accompany the cast of the film and my friend Becky G in this song that plays in my house every day,” said the Puerto Rican singer.
He refrained from giving details of the performance, which will mark the first time the song — which is not nominated for an Oscar but is the most-streamed from a Disney animated film in more than a quarter century — has been performed live.
The nominee for “Encanto” for the Academy Award is the emotional “Dos oruguitas”, performed by Colombian Sebastián Yatra, who will also sing it at the ceremony. Likewise, written by Miranda, it is the first song in Spanish that competes for the award since “Al otro lado del río” from “Diarios de moto” earned the statuette from Uruguayan Jorge Drexler in 2005.
On Friday, Fonsi posted on his social media photos of him with Yatra and Becky G posing outside their respective dressing rooms at Dolby.
“First day of rehearsals at the Oscars with colleagues that I respect a lot. How incredible to be here! ”, He wrote in his Instagram post, congratulating Yatra and expressing that “we are all supporting you in this important moment”.
Fonsi detailed to the AP that the invitation to participate in the gala came through the Academy: “They wanted to do something special with the song ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’… I feel happy that they thought of me”.
The Academy Awards ceremony, in its 94th edition, will be broadcast live on ABC starting at 8:00 p.m.