Sebastián Yatra: being the first Colombian to sing at the Oscars “is a miracle and a gift of life”

This Sunday, Sebastián Yatra has a golden opportunity to get closer to his dream: to sing one of the songs nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Song, a category in which Beyoncé and Billie Eilish also compete, in front of the most outstanding filmmakers in Hollywood.

It will be a historic moment, since there are not many times that the Oscars have had a song in Spanish.

The last occasion was in 2017, when Natalia Lafourcade, Gael García Bernal and Miguel sang “Remember Me – Recuérdame” in English and Spanish, the theme of the movie “Coco”.

And for the previous one you have to go back to 2005, when Antonio Banderas and Carlos Santanta performed “Al otro lado del río”, a song by Jorge Drexler that later won the Oscar.

“Being the first Colombian to sing at these awards is a miracle and a gift of life –highlighted-. And also having the great fortune of being part of history.”

The Hollywood Academy keeps secret all the details of its great gala and Yatra could not advance what the performance will be like: “I can only say that it will be quite spectacular and that I will be dressed to represent my country, Colombia.”

+ successful year

Sebastián Yatra is not satisfied with having released his third album (“Dharma”), a television series (“Once upon a time… but no longer”) and performing at the Oscars, since the Colombian does not rule out giving the jump to the movies and debut on the big screen.

“It may happen,” the musician replied during an interview with Efe in Los Angeles, minutes before rehearsing his performance for the Oscars at the Dolby theater, where he will sing the song “Dos Oruguitas” from the movie “Encanto.”

Yatra, who assured that “everything in life is encouraged”, did not give more details about his possible debut in Hollywood, but acknowledged that “he would love it to happen”.

“I handle English quite well, since I grew up here in the United States and it is the most natural thing in the world for me. So I want to act in Spanish, in English… and see where life takes me,” he argued, visibly excited about everyone. projects you have underway this year.


While the singer made it clear that his favorites for these Oscars are the song “Dos Oruguitas” and the movie “Encanto”, he will not hesitate to applaud if Will Smith wins the award for best actor.

“In ‘King Richard’ he killed me, it seems to me that he is spectacular,” said Yatra, who has not finished processing “and will never process” that he is going to sing in front of him at the gala.

After his moment at the Oscars, he will hardly have a chance to rest, as he will return to the stage with his tour for his third album, “Dharma”, and with which he will visit the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Latin America and Spain.

“I’m one of those people who say yes to things and then watch how I do it,” she joked about her busy schedule.

Fate will decide if he returns to the Oscars, as an actor, as a singer or as a composer of a soundtrack, something he would love to do.

“You should never lose the capacity for wonder, not with the Oscars, not with the Latin Grammys, or with anything that happens on a day-to-day basis. The mere fact of being able to breathe is already a crazy thing, to be alive”, stressed.