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Man plays Justin Bieber’s Despacito using calculators

  • Man learns how to use two calculators to play Daddy Yankee’s hit Despacito 
  • He shared the clip to Twitter where it went viral with more than 17,000 retweets
  • One person dubbed him a ‘genius’ while others complained their ears hurt  

It was the biggest song of the summer after being number one for an impressive 11 weeks.

But this is one unusual version of the Spanish hit Despacito you probably haven’t heard before.  

A clever man in Japan has found a way to using a calculator as a makeshift instrument.


Unusual: One man has found a way of making an overplayed song sound new by using two calculators to perform Daddy Yankee’s Spanish hit Despacito 

Though not everyone is a fan of the monophonic noise with one viewer describing it as sounding like ‘an ice cream truck from hell’. 

In a remarkable clip posted to Twitter, the gentleman presses down on the keys to play the notes of Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s hit.  

In perfect unison, the video shows him playing a stripped back version of the song.

And it has impressed tens of thousands online with the tweet amassing more than 27,000 likes. 

But not everyone is a fan of his musical ingenuity. One person said: ‘It sounds like the ice cream truck from hell.’

And another added: ‘My ears are hurting.’

Some however were impressed by his efforts. A woman posted to Twitter: ‘Genius! All I can say is WOW!’ 

The unnamed artist was inspired by the inescapable collaboration which racked up 1.2 million combined sales across 347,000 downloads between early June and the end of August.

It far outstripped the sales of the summer’s other big hits. The second-biggest song was French Montana featuring Swae Lee with Unforgettable, which racked up 693,000 combined sales. 

In third place was DJ Khaled’s Wild Thoughts, which features Rihanna and Bryson Tiller and samples the 1999 Carlos Santana hit Maria Maria.