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Inside Bad Bunny’s concert as an ASL interpreter: Interview – Billboard

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Bad Bunny feels excited to make his 2022 World’s Hottest Tour debut in Orlando on Friday (August 5), just days after three consecutive sold-out shows at the Colicio de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelo.

“Enjoying the energy of the whole country and having a great time, without any problems, without incident, all Puerto Ricans united in the same joy!” The artist wrote on Instagram. “Everything was so smooth and natural, so many beautiful moments that weren’t rehearsed, like every word that came out of my heart at this moment, and everything was wonderful!”

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At the concert, Bad Bunny performed not only his songs Un Verano Sin Ti The album but was also covered on stage by their real-life squad, and had a wave of special guests including Jovel y Randy, Chenko Corleone, Bomba Esterio, The Marias and Villano Antillano, to name a few.

But the real stars of the night must have been the three ASL interpreters, who quickly went viral on social media.

While the entire crowd was at the feet of the Puerto Rican artist, Selimar Rivera Cosme, Alexsa Hernández de Jes, and Evelyn Fuentes Rodriguez were performing a sign language concert for a designated VIP section of about 30 people from the deaf community.

Although it is increasingly common at music festivals and venues around the world, Hernandez assures Board that it is the “first time” in his 15-year career as a sign language interpreter [happened] At an urban concert in El Brassie.”

She explains that Selimar, who is partially deaf and part of the community, took the initiative and posted a video on social media asking the Puerto Rican artist to invite her to the concert. A week before the July 28 show, she received an email from Bunny’s label Rimas Entertainment asking how they could better serve the community. Selymar reaches out to her friends Alexa and Evelyn, and the rest is history.

“Since the Bad Bunny concert, we’ve been thinking about opening an agency,” notes Rivera. “We’re going to do this because it’s needed at concerts in Puerto Rico.”

read below of billboard Q&A with Selimer and Alexa:

When did you get the opportunity to become a sign language interpreter at Bad Bunny’s concert?

Selimer: On July 8, I posted a video With my friend Roberto, who has profound hearing loss, telling Bad Bunny that our community wants to enjoy his concerts too. The video went viral on social media and a week before the concert, Rimas reached out to me to be the interpreter on the show. I got really excited, but I couldn’t do it on my own – so I called my good friends Alessa and Evelyn. It was a challenging process, with a lot of stress and sleepless nights, but it required a lot.

One week notice? very nice! How did you prepare for the concert? Were you provided with the set list ahead of time?

Selimer: No, we didn’t get it – but the good thing is that our generation loves listening to Bad Bunny and old school reggaeton. Alexa and Evelyn also love music. Personally, I can’t remember songs so fast, because I’m partially deaf – so I need to put on headphones, listen to lyrics, and read lyrics. However, I already knew about Bad Bunny Un Verano Sin Ti Album because the songs are very popular right now. I have to credit Alexsa for saving the day, along with all the other songs featured on the show – Jovel y Randy, Tony Diaz, Archangel, Rainao, among other special guests.

Alexa, from your video that went viral on social media, I can see that you perform more than just lyrics, you communicate songs with your body language.

Alexa: Correct. This is very important, because it is sign language. The audience can feel the vibrations and know if I am moving according to the beat of the song. It is not easy, because in sign language you have to conceptualize the songs. There is a specific sequence – you have to consider time, then think about objects, space… It has a certain grammar. Facial expressions and body language are a huge part of this.

What do you think this initiative signifies for the deaf community?

Selimer: Many of us love music, and there is a misconception that deaf or hard of hearing people do not listen to music, and this is simply not true. I have some friends who absolutely blast the volume, because even though they can’t hear it, they like to feel it. A lot of the people who attended the concert had a blast – and that’s incredible to me, because we were able to give them the feel of a concert.

Alexa: Seeing how my coworkers and I worked together was a wonderful team effort and an unforgettable moment. I hope more events take this initiative into account, as there will always be a deaf person in the crowd who will appreciate having an interpreter. I saw it with my own eyes at the Bad Bunny concert. They were shining and they had an incredible time. Deaf communities deserve it, they deserve access and respect.

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Reference from www.billboard.com

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