With their unique mastery of the stage, their combination of low and high-pitched voices and music that has nothing to do with the vulgarity often associated with reggaeton, Gente de Zona, having attained international acclaim, launched their first Cuban tour at the end of February.
The tour included the cities of Santa Clara, Camagüey and Santiago de Cuba, where thousands of fans enjoyed the carefully organized shows, as much for the billing and choreography as for the technological displays by PMM Studios and the Havana Club rum company.
Gente de Zona director, Alexander Delgado, told The Havana Reporter that he was very happy to have fulfilled the dream of performing live for his home crowd, where the warmth of the public is beyond compare.
Fellow Cuban and composer of their most recent hit-song, La Traidora (The Traitor), Leoni Torres, with whom they already made a new single, joined the band as a guest artist on their tour of the Island.
Delgado told a press conference in Camaguey that an album featuring collaborations with Cuban artists is due for release at the end of this year, or early 2017.
Prior to that production however, their most recent disc, Visualízate, on which they have been working for the past two years, will be released on April 22 with the Sony Music record label.
This has been a productive month for the duo with dates in Spain, France, Holland and Israel added to their forthcoming international tour to promote the CD that includes performances by artists such as Pitbull, Marc Anthony and Juan Magán.
Band member, Randy Malcom told THR that before setting out on the Asian and European tour, they are due to perform with Enrique Iglesias on the night of April 3, in Quito, Ecuador, in a show that will combine Spanish and Latin American rhythms.
Following the Eurasian tour, the group will head to Las Vegas to participate in the Billboard Music Awards, for which they have received four nominations in 2016.
In 2014, Gente de Zona won three Latin Grammys and were nominated for six Billboards in 2015 for their song, Bailando, recorded together with compatriot Descemer Bueno and Spaniard, Enrique Iglesias, which last year rose to number 13 on the Hispanic music hit list.
The group was formed as the result of gatherings by local amateur musicians in the year 2000 by its present director and Michel “El Caro”, in Havana’s Alamar district.
They first gained recognition for the “Lo mejor que suena ahora” (The Best Sounds of Now) disc, featuring their then rapper Jacob Forever who left the group to embark on a solo career in 2013.
Gente de Zona, now comprising Alexander Delgado and Randy Malcom fuse Cuba reggaeton with other rythms such as salsa and merengue.Share on FB Share on TT