Natalie Cole is taking her new LP out for a spin with a run of North American dates scheduled in August, November and December. Released late last month, “Natalie Cole en Español“ is her first Spanish language album and the first set of tunes she’s put out since her kidney transplant.
The transplant, which Cole received in May 2009 after suffering from hepatitis C, inspired the album. The singer explained in a recent interview that the donor was a young El Salvadoran woman who died while giving birth.
“I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe everything happens for a reason. That this was a Latin family, I feel like I’m part Latino now. That (made) the desire to make this record became even stronger,” Cole said, according to the Associated Press.
She added, “I couldn’t totally grasp, understand it, but there’s something there, the spirit of this young girl, the spirit of this family, the spirit of the Latin culture, of a Latin heart is inside me.”
The 12-track album features a Spanish-language version of the Beatles’ “And I Love Her“ along with Latin American classics. In addition to duets with Andrea Bocelli (“Besame Mucho”) and Juan Luis Guerra (“Bachata Rosa”), Natalie Cole en Español includes an extra special collaboration – the song “Acercate Mas,” which features a recording her father Nat King Cole did in Cuba in 1956.
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