Calle 13—with Rubén Blades and Sonia Bazanta Vides—A Hit at Madrid’s Salsa and Latin Jazz Festival

Puerto Rican duo Calle 13, with Panamanian singer Ruben Blades and Colombian performer “Toto La Momposina,” were a hit as they opened the Madrid Salsa and Latin Jazz Festival 2012 with a concert based on their best songs and themes from their latest album Entren los que quieran at the Madrid Arena last night (July 26, 2012).

Although she was over an hour late, Sonia Bazanta Vides, better known as “Totó La Momposina,” was responsible for opening the evening. Accompanied by drums, the artist brought the traditional music of her native Colombia before presenting Panama’s Ruben Blades, who made the audience dance to the beat of his best salsa sounds. [. . .]

After midnight, Calle 13—which consists of the brothers René Pérez, aka “Residente,” and Eduardo Cabra, better known as “Visitante,”—regaled the audience with hits like “No hay nadie como tú,”  “Atrévete,” “La vuelta al mundo,” songs included on the album that won nine Latin Grammys (Entren los que quieran). [Recently, “La vuelta al mundo” received much acclaim with the music video, which was directed by the Argentine Oscar winner Juan José Campanella (El secreto de sus ojos).] The group continued dominating the festival scene with songs like “El baile de los pobres,” from their third album (Los de atrás vienen conmigo). René Pérez, in his characteristic assertive stance, said that he is “happy to know there are people demonstrating,” leading the way to the beginning chords of the next song, the award-winning “Latinoamérica.”

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