Dominican singer-songwriter Vicente García today launched his new musical adventure, “A la Mar”, an album inspired by Caribbean and West Indian autochthonous rhythms in which he manages to connect current trends with African heritage.
“The record is like going by the Caribbean sea sailing and each song is like an image of the journey,” Garcia said in a telephone interview with Efe from Spain.
“To the sea,” is the second musical work of Garcia who spent six years soaking up the musical roots of his homeland and other neighboring countries to compose and record the twelve songs that compose it.
“This work has a bit of Cuban, bachata, bolero, reggae from Jamaica, Haitian rhythms like gaga, from Colombia and the Antilles. It is a tribute to what it means to be Caribbean,” he explained.
“I had heard the work of Vicente, but in this album I met him and I could identify that there were great themes, great ideas,” said the producer of the album Eduardo Cabra, better known as “Visitor” Calle 13.
Also the work of great musicians who popularized the Caribbean music like Juan Luis Guerra, have inspired to Garci’a.
“I was able to open some of his concerts and I realized that his music is like the feeling of what we are the Dominicans and I liked that,” explains the 33-year-old artist.
The Dominican began his professional career in 2002 as the first voice of Calor Urbano, a Dominican band of funk / soul and in 2010 decided to launch as a soloist with his album “Melodrama”.
The success came quickly when its simple “Te Soñé” managed to register 36 million visits in the social networks.
With the first single “Carmesí” from his new album, García has recorded 6 million views so far, a high number for an artist who is just releasing the new material.
Musicians and folk groups such as the San Jacinto Pipers of Colombia, collaborated in the proposal that is shown as a praise to the roots of the musical rhythms native to the Caribbean.
“My music does not have a specific audience, I’ve seen three generations of the same family in my concerts and I see everyone likes it, and it’s important to feel connected with our origins,” he concluded.
García is in Spain from where he will return to the United States in August as part of his promotional tour that will take them to Miami and New York.