It’s a rarity to catch a renowned British artist such as Chris Martin from Coldplay belt in Spanish, but fortunately, we got it this week. On Tuesday, March 22, Martin took to the stage at the band’s show in Santo Domingo’s Estadio Félix Sánchez, covering Juan Luis Guerra’s “Bachata Rosa.” Without surprise, the crowd went absurd, and after watching the clips, so are we!
As seen in the video, the band gathers to close out the show with the cover as fans scream so loud that the “Yellow” singer had to start over a few times before the crowd. In unison, Martin and the crowd sing, “Ay, ay ay ay, amor… eres la rosa que me da calor.” It made for a wonderful night as the singer played an acoustic rendition of one of the best songs from Guerra and undoubtedly one of the most loved artists from the Dominican Republic, offering his respect and admiration for the country.
The 27-times Latin Grammy winner, aka Juan Luis Guerra, was even surprised and filled with adoration over the Coldplay cover. He posted the concert video on Instagram and commented, “Delighted by this beautiful version of Bachata Rosa! Thank you, Chris Martin and Coldplay, for bringing a night of joy to the Dominican people.” Selfishly, we hope this is the birth of a new collaboration or guest appearance on a new track — we can dream, right?
A few fans also had some words about the cover, expressing their gratitude for how well “Bachata Rosa” is universally known to Dominicans and the world. One Instagram user said, “The music is universal language.” Even Coldplay commented back, “Thank you for this beautiful song.”
We can’t help but wonder what’s next on the plate of covers for Coldplay as they hit the road on their Music of the Spheres tour, with stops in Brazil, Peru, Chile, and Argentina this year. Will there be other Spanish songs on the horizon for Coldplay to cover next? We hope so, but at least we have “Bachata Rosa” to fulfill our needs!