Walt Disney World is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the debut of Harmonious, a brand new fireworks, water, laser and pyrotechnics present showing nightly at Epcot that options 15 Disney songs in 13 languages carried out and organized by greater than 240 musical artists, composers and singers from across the globe.
But a type of artists, Latin Grammy-winning singer Luis Fonsi, is celebrating an achievement of his personal: being chosen to report quite a lot of Latin songs for Harmonious. The “Despacito” singer, who’s joined by Mexican singer-songwriter Joy for the efficiency, brings each an emotional rendition of “Remember Me” from the 2017 Pixar movie Coco and a vibrant and upbeat medley of further songs and music from Coco and Disney’s 1943 movie Saludos Amigos to the present.
“To be in the middle of Epcot and hear myself sing in Spanish and in English, it’s a big step forward and a personal milestone that gives me a positive vibe that the world is coming together and we should celebrate each other’s culture,” Fonsi advised Yahoo Entertainment concerning the present’s latest premiere. “[That scene] is a big part of the show and I loved that it got people sort of moving. Obviously, the movies are great and the soundtracks are amazing but then, bringing all of these elements together — the lighting and the water and the fireworks — it’s that moment where you just have to smile and dance a little because the arrangement is up-tempo and really well done.”
Fonsi, who moved from Puerto Rico to Orlando, Fla. when he was 11, says he was “born and raised” in Walt Disney World parks, making taking part within the present much more particular.
“I grew up literally ten minutes away and hanging out at Disney was pretty normal,” the 43-year-old stated. “On a personal level, I’ve always been a big fan, especially of the music side, so when I got asked to be a part of Harmonious I was so excited. Once they told me I was going to sing ‘Remember Me’ from Coco, I thought, ‘This is such a beautiful song. I can’t wait.'”
But it is about greater than a love of Disney for Fonsi. Harmonious additionally premiered on Sept. 29, in the midst of Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month. The Puerto Rican singer says he is thrilled to be part of bringing Epcot friends on a journey into the music of his tradition.
“The show captures little flavors from different genres within the Latin culture and different places,” Fonsi defined. “In my head, I hear, ‘We’re in Mexico right now. We’re in Brazil. We just went to Puerto Rico.’ Sound-wise, these are the little details people may not notice, but there was a lot of planning behind all these decisions…at the end of the day, you don’t necessarily notice it, but you feel it.”
And what does Fonsi need friends to really feel after they hear his contribution to Harmonious?
“I hope they smile,” he stated. “I hope they dance. I hope it puts them in a good mood. To me, that’s what Hispanic culture represents: it’s vibrant.
“We’re colourful, we’re glad individuals and that little second of music? To me, that is what it represents. I hope they all the time get that from us.”