In New Years 2022, the influential Colombian musician Maluma said goodbye to his musical alter ego “Papi Juancho”, created in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic. “It was a pleasure,” he shared on Instagram, indicating an impending change in his career. The wait came to an end. This Friday, Maluma will present her most recent album titled “Don Juan”.
The choice of the title carries with it a reference to the famous seducer of the seventeenth century and the Maluma’s real name, Juan Luis Londono Arias. This album stands as a solid platform, worthy of the caliber of his sonic experience. “Don Juan” could be considered the most dynamic production in Maluma’s career to date.
A collection that encompasses familiar sounds and fresh collaborations that explore diverse musical genres. This album, like its predecessor “Daddy Juancho” of 2020, it appears spacious and pleasant.
“Don Juan is a part of me,” said Maluma, 29. “Without a doubt, ‘Don Juan’ is a character that I have been building for the last two years… for this new musical era that we are living in”.
The album demonstrates the ability to Maluma as a composer and is presented as a “very personal” work, reflecting his musical roots, includes reggaeton and the sounds present in his first albums, at the same time showing a more mature aspect of his art.
Maluma has always called himself eclectic in musical terms, absorbing influences from various Latin American styles and beyond. On the norteno-pop song “Segun quien,” she collaborates with prominent regional Mexican artist Carin Leon, which reflects the growing influence of artists such as Peso Pluma, Eslabon Armado and Grupo Frontera.
Before the pandemic, Maluma he sensed that corridos and banda music would gain greater relevance on the world music scene. In 2018, anticipating this trend, he sought out singer-songwriter and producer Edgar Barrera to explore creating songs with Mexican nuances and regional music.
“I am very happy that this has happened because it was really needed in the industry,” he declared. Maluma. “That Mexican flavor was disappearing in the global vision of Latin music.”
In many respects, the album “Don Juan” captures Maluma’s performance of global Latin music. He includes salsa in “La formula”, along with Marc Anthony, as well as reggaeton and house in “Diablo, que chimba”, a collaboration with Puerto Rican rapper Anuel AA.
This collaboration with Anuel AA is particularly notable due to past tensions. Anuel AA included the phrase “Nunca flow Maluma, siempre Real G” in the remix of Bryant Myers’ “Gan-Ga” in 2019, hinting that Anuel had the “real flow” and Maluma didn’t, referring to the pop and accessible style of the song. Colombian singer. Even Bad Bunny tweeted the lyrics.
“He’s a good person,” Maluma commented on Anuel AA. “And that was surprising to me, to be honest. The first time I met him, I was like, ‘My God, this guy.’”
However, as they began to talk about music, they discovered affinities and Maluma recognized that Anuel “has a big heart.”
“This is how the collaboration started,” he added. “He’s an interesting character that we have in Latin music and he really can’t stop doing what he’s doing, because we need those types of figures in our industry.”
Between “Papi Juancho” and his new alter ego “Don Juan”, Maluma seems to understand well the diversity of characters that his career encompasses.
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Source: La Opinion