Juan Luis Guerra: If God dances and his bilirubin ranges rise, we pray to him | Culture | EUROtoday

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Juan Luis Guerra says that each one his “melodies and semiquavers come from God.” It is sweet to know: God dances. In a world pushed mad by religions that lead us to wars and, within the case that impacts us most in Europe, constructed by an ever-punitive God of the Old Testament, we have to let go of the reins. For these of us who don’t consider in any divine being, it’s even higher: sufficient of violence justified within the title of one thing unknown. Let the music play and let the sermons, the psalms and, much more so, the bombs cease thundering.

Last evening, Juan Luis Guerra, a real believer, was on stage punctually in a packed WiZink stadium. Spain had simply scored their second purpose towards France within the semi-finals of the European Championship and that was an indication of nice celebration. The entire corridor was already up in arms. Rosalia, that track that put such a cool title on the dance map earlier than the worldwide star of Badlyopened a live performance with Latin impetus, outdoors of corsets and primary molds. The occasion of bachata, merengue and salsa was assured. Guerra is a grasp of opening the doorways of probably the most danceable genres of the Dominican Caribbean to the remainder of the world. His preaching is a pop goal: both the bulk shares it or it’s not price it.

More than most, everybody at WiZink gave themselves over to the sound feast supplied by Guerra and his devoted band 4.40, which, in their very own phrases yesterday, is “a wonderful orchestra,” a insanity of percussion and winds, all that effusiveness that’s lacking from the lifetime of workplaces, schedules and calendars. The protagonists on stage final evening made one give it some thought: if drums, trumpets or choirs are lacking in lots of passages of life, maybe we aren’t on the precise path. It shouldn’t be crucial for them to at all times sound, but when they by no means do, then decline is inevitable.

Juan Luis Guerra opened an excellent new path in Latin music when he printed the album I hope it rains espresso within the subjectwho final evening defended with honors the track that offers title to the album that catapulted him as the brand new hope of Latin music and likewise Visa for a dream. Both are pure nostalgia to the rhythm of an orchestra that reminds us that it’s higher to bop in ache than to sink.

Caribbean hallucinations appeared on the screens: drums, palm bushes, turtles, seashores… and the entire crowd merged with a celebration of Latin folklore that’s tough to seek out even in these occasions of reggaeton domination. Following the trail beforehand traveled by Willie Colón, Rubén Blades or Héctor Lavoe, Guerra, at 67 years outdated, is a continuation of Latin vindication outdoors of the economic, as it’s offered to us on this period. In 1990, he printed Pink bachataan album that offered greater than 10 million copies worldwide, and supplied a masterpiece of bringing that Caribbean folklore to pop. He did it from the center. It was perceived in every gradual or festive track, sneaking into the festivals of all of the cities of Spain and Latin America. While the grungehe brit-pop or the indie They appealed to id towards the bulk, this music, at its core marginal, sought to attach with the straightforward, human nerve that all of us carry inside, with the bones and the spirit with out restrictions, because it fascinatingly achieved within the poor, rural neighborhoods of Santo Domingo the place they’d lower than nothing.

Dominican singer Juan Luis Guerra.
Dominican singer Juan Luis Guerra.
J P Gandúl (EFE)

Well, no, they’d bachata they usually began to have Juan Luis Guerra, who grew to become a world star after Pink bachata, who yesterday demonstrated his worth, with out fuss and with ability, when he scored a medley through which intense ballads appeared like Little stars and elves, The little ant, My blessing o Love bubbles. So a lot in order that he sang the verses of “wet in you” from Love bubblesa liquid trumpet appeared like an evening melted in chocolate and there was little else to clarify to these current. Reggaeton maybe ought to have taken extra word of this genius of Latin rhythms to grasp that open-hearted romanticism is at all times higher than vulgarity.

Wearing his explicit cap, a present from his nephew Babeto, Guerra, at all times thanking God, continued to carry out his greatest repertoire as Niagara by bike, denunciation of inequality and poverty in Latin America in a humorous tone, or Like a bee to the honeycombThe viewers danced, cheered, and screamed on a feverish evening the place a Spanish soccer workforce beat France in the midst of a live performance, led by two younger black gamers who may simply be one of many members of the band 4.40, a spectacle of rhythm and self-confidence that isn’t restricted to obtuse minds.

The last blow was the specified whiplash, like that shock that throws you onto the observe within the final spherical or that encourages you to accompany the individual you’re keen on. In brief, like that second whenever you let your self go and thank goodness as a result of life is already filled with obstacles, guidelines and ashes. To ask for her hand, Bachata rosa y Bilirubin They had been like attacking with the world of their favor, whatever the end result.

Juan Luis Guerra stated: “Everything I do with my music is a flash of God’s goodness.” So, if God provides us merengue, bachata or salsa, we pray to him or ask for it, nothing extra. If God, however, reminds us solely of sin and expels the others, then let him wait within the final nook of the galaxy. Last evening, with Juan Luis Guerra shouting “my bilirubin is rising,” amongst winds, percussion and angelic choirs and all of Christ dancing, one thing divine occurred: humanity celebrating life, repudiating dying.

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