Dulce María talks about his collaboration with Marilia Mendonça: Interview – Billboard
When Dulce María heard the final version of what would be her very first collaboration with Marília Mendonça, she got chills.
“I would hear it over and over again,” said Mexican singer-songwriter Billboard, who released his duet “Amigos Con Derechos” on Thursday (December 16th) with Mendonça, the 26-year-old Brazilian star of the sertanejo who died on November 5 in a tragic plane crash. “Hearing her sing in Spanish was really special because it was something she wanted to do in her career, and she had just started taking Spanish lessons.”
Originally featured in it Origin album, which became the first set she released as an independent artist in October, “Amigos Con Derechos” is a country-inspired pop track about finding the courage to break out of a toxic relationship. It was the perfect song to sing with Mendonca, Dulce says, as she often sang about empowering women and connecting with women through her lyrics.
“The song, which I wrote with Marcela de La Garza in 2010, was quite her style, lyrically and musically,” adds the former RBD member. “Sertanejo is like country, and of all the songs on my album this one has the most folk instruments in it. “
The respective Dulce and Mendonça teams had been in talks since August about the collaboration, which was proposed by the Dulce team. “I was doing collaborations in Brazil and I suggested doing something with a great local artist who had the same vibe as my album and they said,” Marília is the best and most loved artist in Brazil in this moment. “So we sent in a request and she immediately said yes.
Four days later, Mendonça sent him two separate recordings of the piece: one in Spanish and one in Portuguese. “When I heard her versions, I thought, ‘Wow, she really made that song her own.’ So I walked in and added my voice and it was so weird spending so many hours singing a duet with her when she’s gone. But I always felt that special connection, even though we never got to meet or talk.
Dulce and Mendonca were supposed to jump on a Zoom call to flesh out the details, but due to their conflicting schedules, busy lives as recording artists and mothers of toddlers, the couple never took time to talk – let alone record a music video for the duo, which Mendonca was willing to go to Mexico to direct.
When Dulce heard the news of his death, “I was in shock. I didn’t understand why this had happened. She had a 1 year old child, I have a 1 year old child. As a touring artist and mother, it touched me a lot. And it was difficult for me to deal with everything that had happened a few months before his death.
She was looking for answers to questions she would never have. “I finally understood that she had left this unique gift. She was a big RBD fan and even a fan of my character Roberta in the telenovela Rebel, so maybe she said yes because of that. She didn’t need to collaborate with me, she was at the peak of her career. So, it wasn’t just a professional move for her, there was a personal motive as well.
After speaking with his team to discuss whether or not the collaboration will be released, all parties agreed to share one of his latest collaborations with his fans.
“In the midst of all this pain, she left us this gift that I want to share with all the love in the world, respect and honor for her. I especially want to share this song with his fans, everyone who loved it. And all those who had not yet discovered her because she was a woman with a beautiful voice but still a more beautiful heart. “
Mendonca was on his way to perform in the city of Caratinga when his plane crashed. All five passengers, including the plane’s crew, were killed in the crash. With over eight million listeners on Spotify and over 22 million subscribers on YouTube, the folk singer-songwriter, who started writing songs at the age of 12, had become one of the greatest representatives of Brazilian popular music.
Stream “Amigos Con Derechos” below: