Beyoncé returns to music with charitable, Spanglish remix of J Balvin's "Mi Gente"
A meeting of the minds.
It’s been almost a year since Beyoncé last dropped a single—”All Night” off Lemonade—but since then, she’s announced her pregnancy, gave birth to twins, won two Grammys, become one-half of a billion-dollar couple, announced a scholarship program, and done her part in assisting and aiding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Now, she’s returned to music, and for good reason.
The singer has collaborated with Colombian superstar J Balvin on his chart-topping single “Mi Gente.” After having already gone No.1 in his home country, Mexico, Spain, and Italy, and become a Top 20 in the U.S., the singer recruited Bey for a charitable remix. The track’s proceeds will go to hurricane and earthquake relief charities including CEMA, UNICEF and Somos Una Voz for Puerto Rico, Mexico and other affected Caribbean islands.
On the song, Bey flexes her bilingual chops again—she’s previously released a Spanish version of her hit “Irreplaceable, as well as “Amor Gitano,” a collaboration with Alejandro Fernández—and sings:
“Con lo mío todos se mueven / La fiesta la llevo en mis genes / Yo soy la reina de los nenes / Mi gente no se detiene, aquí nadie se quiere ir / Si el ritmo está en tu cabeza / Ahora suéltate y mueve los pies / Me encanta cuando el bajo suena / Empezamos a subir de nivel”.
Translated, it loosely means:
“Everybody moves with what I got / I have the party in my genes / I am the queen of the children / My people don’t stop, nobody here wants to go / If the rhythm is in your head / Now let go and move your feet / I love it when the bass sounds / We started to level up.”
She later sings in English, though she doesn’t appear in the dance-heavy lyric video. However, Cristiano Ronaldo, Martin Garrix, Diplo, and many others make cameos.