The American tropical music interpreter Willie Colón revealed in Mexico today that he became “crazy” when listening to “Despacito”, the song popularized by the Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi.
Visiting Guadalajara, capital of the western state of Jalisco, as part of the tour with which he celebrates his 50-year career, the musician of Latin origin said he heard the melody “two or three times” and could not forget it .
“I like it,” the singer told the media minutes before starting his recital at the Diana Theater in Guadalajara. “It’s a little reggaeton, that song already drives me crazy, I think that’s going to last.
Colón said that genres such as reggaeton are “part of the evolution of popular music,” in which “everything has its place.”
He said that in August he will conclude an autobiographical book called “Barrio de guapos”, where he has worked for 15 years and will accompany him with a vinyl record and a DVD to celebrate his half-century musical career.
It will also open the record label “Willie Colón presents”, with which it will generate its own musical projects and will support new talents.
Colón began a brief stop in Guadalajara in Mexico as part of his anniversary tour that will also take him to Ecuador and some cities in the United States.
The 67-year-old “king of salsa” filled the theater with its tropical sounds that conquered an audience that never stopped asking him for his favorite tunes.
The musician made a tour of the most representative songs of his 40 record productions, which were chanted by the attendants of different nationalities.
The New York-born interpreter and Puerto Rican parents remembered their childhood in the Bronx’s 139th district and how it was filling up with Latin rhythms.
“Calle luna, calle sol”, “Berrunto” and “Te conozco bacalao” evoked his early years in music, while the screen showed images of his youth.
In a tribute to the late Mexican singer Juan Gabriel, with whom he revealed that he had plans to record a duet before his death in 2016, Colón interpreted a version of “Hasta que te conocí”, composed by “Divo de Juárez.”
With “Idilio”, “I want to know”, “Too much heart” and “The great man” put to dance to the public, who was a little shy at the beginning of the recital, but then gave it completely.
The tour of this country will conclude on Saturday with a double musical day in two theaters in Mexico City.