For the first time ever, Shawn Mendes sings in Spanish for the new remix version of “KESI” featuring Colombian singer-songwriter Camilo.
Camila Cabello Helped Shawn With His Spanish Pronunciation
“KESI” is, without a doubt, a song that’s meant to enjoy with your loved ones during a sunny day of summer. Singing traditional Champeta, a genre that originates from Colombia, both Camilo and Shawn Mendes put their own vibrant energy into the mix.
The song hears Shawn sing in Spanish for the first time ever in his career. He admitted that it was no one else other than his girlfriend Camila Cabello, who is Mexican-Cuban and speaks Spanish fluently, who helped pronounce his Spanish lines correctly.
“To be fair, not everybody has a Cuban Mexican girlfriend who sits in the studio with them; making sure they’re saying every word perfectly,” Shawn confessed in promotion for the new release. “She was like, ‘If you’re going to do this, you got to do it right. You can’t be saying these words wrong.’ And I was like, ‘Okay.'”
Shawn also shared how much work he put into learning the correct Spanish pronunciation of the words he sings. “I could not mess that up,” he said. “It was going to ruin our relationship if I said, if there was one … I remember there was one word and I was like, ‘I think it’s fine’. And she’s like, ‘It’s not fine.’ And I’m like, ‘Okay, it’s not fine. I believe you.'”
Camilo Was a Big Fan of Shawn Before the “KESI” Remix
On the other hand, Camilo shared how honored he was to have Shawn jump into the remix with him. “I never thought about doing a remix until Shawn Mendes, one of my favorite artists, mentioned it to me. Being a big fan of his music; the pure idea of hearing him singing in Spanish is something that made me so excited. The fact that he decided to sing in our language for the first time in his career on a song with me; is one of the greatest honors I’ve had in my career as an artist.”
The pair first started dropping hints at the new collaboration one week before its release. Camilo shared a video on his Instagram account where both himself and Shawn are dancing to “KESI”. “KESI REMIX! Soon! @shawnmendes Te quiero hermano!!!”
If you want to learn Spanish in a fun way or just dance along to a catchy song, go listen to the remix of “KESI,” out now!