Latin Simone (Que Pasa Contigo)

This track is virtually identical to the track Latin Simone, except that track features lead vocals from Damon Albarn whereas this one features lead vocals from Ibrahim Ferrer. It is likely Damon recorded the vocal track on Latin Simone himself before having the chance to collaborate with Ibrahim Ferrer. Ibrahim Ferrer is one of the stars of the Cuban music scene. Shooting to fame on the Buena Vista Social Club album. The song itself definitely has a strong latin feel that is carried off in a suitably authentic manner. In the picture booklet that came with the digipack version of the Gorillaz album in the UK, the lyric 'Give up if you want to survive' was featured on Latin Simone (Que Pasa Contigo) 's page, despite the fact that this lyric comes from Latin Simone. Lazarro Villa wrote the lyrics for this song, and whilst a flavour of Damon's original lyrics is retained, some outright changes are made, for example, the speaker asks (in Spanish) 'what's up with you?' (as opposed to Damon's version, where he asks 'what's the matter with me?'. This track also features uncredited backing vocals from Miho Hatori, as revealed in the studio on the old Gorillaz site.

Official song credits

Written by Gorillaz, lyrics by Lazaro Villa
Performed by Gorillaz, vocals by Ibrahim Ferrer and additional vocals by Damon Albarn
Produced by Dan The Automator and Gorillaz
Co-produced by Tom Girling and Jason Cox
Engineered by Tom Girling and Jason Cox
Pro-Tools by Tom Girling
Assistant engineer: Toby Whelan

Versions & availibility(Click links for exact discographical details)

'Latin Simone (Que Pasa Contigo)' [3:36] - available on all versions of the debut album, Gorillaz
'Latin Simone (Que Pasa Contigo) (Live At The Manchester Opera House)' [5:45] - available on the DVD Demon Days Live At The Manchester Opera House


Gorillaz have performed Latin Simone (Que Pasa Contigo) live at least once, at La Cigale, Paris, on the Phase One tour. Ibrahim Ferrer was not present. The band played and Ibrahim Ferrer's vocals were played from a recording. It didn't sound too wonderful and was later dropped from the set.


Dejalo si quieres continuar (Hermano)
Sal ilumina tu vida, todo el cielo aplatandote
Dime que hares (Intentalo)
Ilumina ese amore, antes que se vaya

Algo siempre te entristese
Cuando todo va bien
Que pasa contigo?
Que pasa contigo?

Dejalo si quieres continuar
No ocultes tu alma al sol
Tienes una vida preciosa
De que sirve si solo
Mueres suavemente

Que pasa?
Que pasa contigo?
Que pasa contigo mi hermano?
Que pasa contigo?

Escucha a tue propia voz
Salva tu amore
Que pasa contigo?
Antes que se vaya
Si todo va bien
Que pasa contigo?
Que pasa contigo?
Mirate a ti mismo, enfrentalo
Que pasa contigo mi hermano?
Ven animate
Que pasa contigo?

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