Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Beyonce Can Sing Spanish but Can't Speak It

Beyonce Knowles Performs at the
2007 ''Today'' Show Concert Series

"I just feel like I have to learn Spanish because I can sing it – I just can't speak it," Beyonce says in the new issue of PEOPLE En Español.

On April 3 she'll release a new version of her CD B-Day, which originally came out in September. This time, she's added six new songs – all sung in Spanish, including "Amor Gitano," the theme to the Telemundo telenovela Zorro, which she delivers as a duet with Alejandro Fernandez.

"A lot of my fans are Hispanic," she says, "and they've always told me, 'You should sing something in Spanish,' but I don't speak Spanish at all. I took it in school [so] I thought, let me give this a try."

And trying it was. "I did these songs phonetically, sentence by sentence, and I spent a lot of time ... making sure it was perfect, because I didn't want to disrespect the language, because it's so beautiful," says the Texas-born singer, 25, who brought help with her to the recording session.

"One of my best friends in the world is Cuban, so she was the test. I brought her to the studio and told her, 'Be honest. You have to tell me if anything is wrong.' So when she approved it, I knew everything was right."

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

armpits!her famous pose

Whatever, im sure beyonce just wants to get rich fast, come on!

I don't want to listed to her spanish songs if she can't even understand our language

Miss April Joy said...

Selena couldn't speak spanish that well and she is mexican american. Not many artists can sing in spanish and english like Beyonce can so thats a accomplishment to her

Anonymous said...

i agree with the other comment. i think she's totally disrespecting my language! she can't speak it, yet she thinks she can sing it? selena IS hispanic! she has every right to sing in spanish. beyonce doesn't. she's just trying to get rich...as if she isn't already.

Anonymous said...

i think the two Anonymous people are reall really wrong i mean im spanish and i think she speaks (sings) good spanish and i mean why cant she speak it and do you know she doing it for money?
i dont think shes disrespecting the language.

Anonymous said...

i think the two Anonymous people are reall really wrong i mean im spanish and i think she speaks (sings) good spanish and i mean why cant she speak it and do you know she doing it for money?
i dont think shes disrespecting the language.

willinahhh duhh said...

You people cant just say that. beyonce probably wants to sing in spanish and give it a try. you cant just say that she wants the money to be rich. look, im spanish and i really dont care if she sings it. i dont give a damn. u people are stupid. serously.

p.s. you probably cant speak spanish, but theres a 50 50 chance that you can sing in that language. so shut the hell

-willinahhh duhhh itz bibi lubbb xD !!!

Anonymous said...

i'm Spanish, and couldn't believe that Beyoncé didn't speak Spanish after i heard her singing in my language! she's brilliant! i don't share ur opinions: my friends can't speak English so they're really happy that to understand part of her songs now!!! she's done a great job this time, don't care if it's for money or not! :-P

Anonymous said...

I was singing in English long before I learned to speak it. Beyoncé shows interest in learning Spanish, so let it be. She'll learn one day. I mean Christina Aguilera doesn't speak much spanish and she did a whole album in Spanish. Madonna recorded some songs in Spanish. What about Spanish speaking from singers Latin world singing in English with HEAVY Spanish accents? Whatever Whatever.....

Anonymous said...

I think that almost all of u r crazy I'm Spanish and I think that everybody can sing whatever they want it doesn't matter what lenguage my point is that she can sing in any lenguage that's it

Anonymous said...

for all your rasist pigs out there it is unfair for you to say that beyonce has no right to sing spanish if she cant speak it. If she wants to speak it sing it lok lik it let her, soy hispano y estoy muy orgulloso de ella she is makeing something of herself unlike the majority of this world who jus sits bak and are jealous because she is succesfull and you all have no successes so shut da hell up all of you cause you all make me so dame sick.

Anonymous said...

I wish I could listen to all these spanish people who are critizicing her, singing in Chinees or any other language- That would be mad funny.
I speak Spanish & English perfect and she has a perfect accent in Spanish.
I understand "ENVY" is impossible to get rid of for all of you criticizers but you need to get over yourself and know how to sing first.
When your done with that prosses then mayby u can start learning what the actual definition of "disrespecting a language" is because obviously you don't know what that means.

Beyonce, I love your songs and you should sing more in SPANISH. Dont let these rude ungreatfull ghetto people bring your enthusiasm down, you are great at what you do!! keep it going!!!

Anonymous said...

For the annonimous participant who stated that Selena was hispanic and had the right to sing in Spanish, my question is: SO-Why then Selena had the rigth to sing in English if she was Spanish according to you? You are making yourself sound bad- Get your story straight before you comment. It will make the world a happier place.

BTW: I love Selena too.


I wonder how the world of music would be if you were the director? LOL

Anonymous said...

You lots that are dissing beyonce just shut up!!! cause she has every right to sing in spanish you lots dont own the language also anonymous 1 and 2 you are spanish then dont sing in english accordiing to you guys you are implying that beyonce does not have the right to sing in spanish then you guys dont have the right to sing in englsh so LEAVE her alone, jealous punks!!!

Anonymous said...

All of you that are bad mouthing beyonce are nothing but bunch of idiots beyonce sings very well in spanish actually so all of jealous fools need to SHUT UP and take a good look in the mirror before you start bad mouthing other people.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I just think that the people who think that she is just doing it for money are very ignorants because she has a lot of money and her husband has more than her.DONT BE STUPID PEOPLE IS SHE WANTS TO SING IN SPANISH SHE COULD SING IN WHATEVER LANGUAGE SHE WANTS.
JUST LOOK A SHAKIRA SHE SINGS IN DIFFERENTS LANGUAGES AND IM VERY SURE SHE CANNOT SPEAK EVERY LANGUAGE SHE SINGS IN. PEACE

Luis said...

I think that she could sing in Spanish and speak

Anonymous said...

So why is Enrique Iglesias singing in English? Is it his language? Why did Shakira sing in Zulu in South Africa? Is it her language? You guys are just ignorant and being unnecessarily judgmental. You should be happy she's singing in Spanish. Estupidos Anonymous

Anonymous said...

Echa pa'lante, princesa! Que salga como salga. Haters will always find a reason to hate. You make me proud Beyonce.

I'm Cuban-American and multilingual. With the exception of a few words that gave her away as non being a native-Spanish speaking person, Beyonce did a phenomenal job. I sing in Arabic. I can write it, but can't speak it. I read in French and speak it minimally. Same goes for Italian, Portuguese and Latin. I'm no polyglot, but I've opened my heart and mind to other cultures through their words and music. What better show of respect and honor can you want, when done well.

La Cubana

Anonymous said...

Why should it matter what language she sings in? Also all you people acting like only "Hispanics" should be able to sing in Spanish, FYI "Spanish" comes from Spain which is in Europe so it's not just a language only for those in Latin America!!

I don't see anyone who's Mexican singing in the language their Aztec ancestors spoke. I don't even think I've ran into many people that can even speak it. I think people just jealous because they probably have no musical talent and can't sing in their native tongue

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