Source:Real Life Journal
“Shakira MTV Unplugged 1999: Octavio Dia.” Originally from MTV.
I speak maybe 200 hundred words of Spanish and enough to somewhat casually converse and be able to pick up words when I’m reading Spanish and to a certain extent when I’m listening to it. So most of Shakira’s 1999 MTV Unplugged performance I missed as far as comprehension. So I know in this song Octavio Dia is that it is about a man named Octavio and it’s his day or something like that. But understanding every word in a song even it if is written and performed in your first language and enjoying hearing the song and it performed and listen to the performer, are two different things.
I know from this song that Shakira has a great voice and great sound. She’s not just a bilingual speaker, but a bilingual singer as well. She’s from Columbia, but her family is from Lebanon and she’s of Arab descent. And yet she speaks Spanish as her first language, but also speaks English because she does a lot of business in America and perhaps speaks Arabic as well. She’s a multi-talented multi-lingual performer and deserves a lot of respect for all of her talents.