Flow Fest unites new and old school of urban music

In their concerts on the second day of the Coca-Cola Flow Fest in Mexico City, Don Omar and Nicky Jam recalled classic themes of Latin urban music on the same stage where new exponents such as Nicki Nicole, Boza and Robi performed hours before.

Don Omar, the most anticipated act of the night, marveled at the number of young people who chanted his songs such as “Pobre Diabla”, “Dile”, “Salió el sol” and “Dale don dale”. The Puerto Rican star thanked the Mexican capital for its openness to urban music decades ago when the genre began and did not have so many followers. Now festivals such as the Flow Fest are held, which drew nearly 170,000 attendees.

The fifth edition of the festival, held at the Hermanos Rodríguez Autodrome, was the first of two days and was also extended to have versions for the first time in the Mexican cities of Monterrey and Guadalajara, which will take place on December 2 and 3, respectively.

Nicky Jam, who highlighted his origins in the most “underground” (alternative) of urban music, challenged the audience to see if they recognized old songs from his repertoire from the 2000s, such as “Me voy pa’l party” , “I am not your husband” and “Where are the cats”. Jam also sang “In Bed”, “X”, “Marry Me”.

The Puerto Rican star reminded the public that today he is very different from the artist that he decided to go live in Medellín, Colombia, after spending a destructive period in which he was in prison for drunk driving.

“Thank you for that love that Colombia gave me, I am celebrating 11 years free of drugs, clean of vice, I am living proof that there is a God up there, if it weren’t for dad, God would be dead, I would be in prison right now and if it didn’t become for the music who knows where my people were, so a round of applause for the music,” said Jam, who ended his concert by kissing the stage floor.

On the other spectrum of artistic trajectories, Puerto Rican Robi had a great first experience at Flow Fest that welcomed him with open arms giving him his first taste of himself as a fan, guest, and festival artist.

On Saturday Robi was invited by the Colombian Feid to interpret his viral collaboration “Pantysito” and on Sunday afternoon it was his turn to perform on the main stage. Despite the rain and technical problems with a microphone, Robi finished his presentation very happy and surprised because a fan had burst into tears.

“It was incredible, the public never let it down and I felt super connected with them and in tune with everything. I came to have a good time, ”Robi said in an interview with The Associated Press in his dressing room. Robi premiered his song “Your world” live, which he had partially released on his Twitter account and was expected by his fans. The musician plans to release the studio version in January.

“It’s a very different song, it’s a pop rock that’s something I’ve experienced before, but with this one I’m going full steam ahead,” said Robi, who also performed “Doodles,” “I’m Still Happy” and “Robot.”

Minutes before going on stage, the Panamanian Boza shared his expectations of a festival like Flow in his dressing room.

“It is the first time that I am here in Mexico City in an event of this magnitude. Grateful and eager to get on stage, ”Boza said that he expected to see the audience singing and dancing. “It is a platform that measures the level of artist you are,” he added.

One of the songs he sang was “What do you prefer?”, which he originally sang with the Colombian Beéle, another of the artists who performed on Sunday at Flow.

Boza pointed out that in early December he will release the song “Booty Puty” and in February he plans to release his new album.

Argentine star Nicki Nicole, who in 2020 was nominated for best new artist at the Latin Grammys, enchanted the Flow audience by dancing cumbia, signing autographs and donning a hat given to her by an admirer. Nicole’s concert started almost 20 minutes late, but this did not dampen the spirits of the fans who chanted “Wapo traketero” and “Intoxicao”. Nicole invited Mexican rapper Alemán to sing “Grillz” together.

On the side of the experienced stars, the Puerto Rican Arcángel was another of the most popular with his original songs “Por amar a ciegas” and “Hace Mucho Tiempo”, as well as his collaborations “Diles” and “La ocasión”.

Nio García, Lenny Tavárez, Eladio Carrión, J Balvin, Cazzu, Jhayco, Anuel AA and María Becerra were other artists who performed at the Flow Fest.

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