One word that comes to mind to describe my time in Colombia: Magic!
Let me tell you why:
Due to my performances in Bogotá, Cali, and Medellin during July this year, I was able to visit Colombia. A small, picturesque town located three hours from Bogota, Villa De Leyva, was the first place I visited upon arrival. The streets were cobblestones, the landscapes were lush, and there were charming boutique cafes everywhere.
As a first point, I would like to say that the Colombian people are very friendly, cheerful, and gracious. They make people feel like they are a part of a family, always smiling and welcoming. Having the pleasure of experiencing the joy of Colombians is an experience that must be lived.
It is a country full of variety in all its aspects, climate, and food (near the sea, seafood is abundant, but near the mountains, which are generally cold, the priority is soups and BBQs). Lifestyle, music, and even their way of speaking varies from region to region.
The music of each region is as unique as its people; this is reflected in a variety of genres, such as Vallenato, Cumbia, Salsa, Porro, Joropo, Pasillo, tropical music, Charanga, Caribbean, Latin, reggae, and Afro rhythms.
I had a concert in Bogotá at the Boogaloop Club in Chapinero, an exclusive venue for concerts on the city's cultural arts circuit. During my time in Bogotá, I visited the “Egipto” neighborhood, located in the center of the city, and noted as being part of the capital's historical and cultural heritage. I was drawn to this neighborhood, which can only be entered with the permission of its residents, because of my affinity and closeness to the community, the street, and the urban setting. It's all about perspective and being able to take in the people, the neighborhood, and the culture. My time in “Egipto” was one of the most memorable parts of this trip.
My next stop was Medellin, the city with the most outstanding innovation in the country. There, I was part of VIVA EL PLANETA, a music festival that raised awareness about the environment. Cali, the city of salsa, the birthplace of musicians, dancers, and composers, was my next destination, where I was part of the line-up of the CALI TATTOO FESTIVAL.
After the show, we shot the video for my brand-new single "ONDAS," a collaboration with Colombian artist Junior Zamora.
I ended my Colombian visit with a trip to San Andrés, a scenic, tranquil island two hours from Bogotá. There, I spent time filming, meeting, and exchanging musical ideas with some islanders. An authentic sound typical of the island is created by their connection with reggae, reggaeton, and Afro rhythms.
Please enjoy this brief documentary about my amazing experience in Colombia👇🏼