It has been a great year for J Balvin, the reggaetonero and hitmaker keeps putting out bangers as his life depended on it. His nature is always graceful and cheerful, wearing his pride as loudly as that bright pink Kid Super fit and his energy in that smile that fit entire arenas. He has become a staple of the Latin American Dream, the hustler that kept fighting for his destiny. Coming out of a country that ga
It has been a great year for Balvin, the reggaetonero and hitmaker keeps putting out bangers as if his life depended on it. His nature is always graceful and cheerful, wearing his pride as loudly as that bright pink Kid Super fit and his energy in that smile that fills entire arenas. He has become a staple of the Latin American Dream, the hustler that kept fighting for his destiny. Coming out of a country that gave us some of the worlds most legendary Latin artist. He knew he was destined for greatness and just like every other Latin artist in the industry, he put in the sweats and the tears.
Fast-forward to VIBRAS the Tour, one of the most anticipated tours of the year. J Balvin finally gets to showcase his brand his way, bright and loud.
As the show opens up, a giant display hovers a clear curtain and an animated disclaimer pops up warning people to be ready to shake their thang. Although the unspoken contract of buying a ticket for this show is that you already know you gonna be shaking it non stop, it was nice to be reminded.
The countdown starts and at the end curtains fall and a giant inflatable dinosaur welcomes you with J Balvin chilling at its feet. I truly wasn’t expecting that, you could hear me scream ‘WTF’ around the photo pit as my world was being mind fucked. Ad to that that the opening track was his Dembow like hit ‘Machika’, one of the most lit tracks of the year. I was sold right away, and so was the hundreds of attendees behind me. The room was shaking within seconds of the show commencing, from 0 to 1000 so quick.
Hit after hit, the crowd was living for every moment. It was quite exhausting, the reggaeton effect / the Balvin effect is infectious and once it gets in your body you cannot stop moving, grinding and shaking your thang. And for a second I forgot that this man has had hits dating back almost a decade, ‘6AM’, to ‘Ginza’ and ‘Safari’ to his hit collabs like ‘X’ and the international super hit ‘I Like it’ with Cardi B and Bad Bunny. It was a night filled with optimism, a certain pride that transpired in the air. A latin pride, a celebration of culture with a man that proved an entire community that it is possible.
Check out the rest of his tour coming up HERE.
Words and Images by Manuel Frayre