The Colombian singer-songwriter Fonseca celebrates 20 years on the path of music with Viajante, an album that he qualifies as an “x-ray” of who he is now and of the lessons that music has given him in these decades of activity.
“I definitely believe that my love, my respect and my emotion for music remain intact in all these years of my career,” Fonseca said in this video call interview from Mexico City, where he traveled to present his most recent production.
“When I read that phrase that the traveler moves from one place to another in full, just as it is, that literal phrase captivated me,” he added, explaining the inspiration for the concept of the traveler, different from traveler and tourist, raised by the Spanish writer David Remartínez, to find the title of his album.
The artist, who debuted in 2002 with a self-titled album and since then has been awarded seven Latin Grammys, stressed that if he could say something to that Fonseca who was just beginning, it would be: “Brother, forward without fear.”
You don’t have to be “afraid to experiment with different sounds and with different genres… It’s absurd considering the musical richness that we have in Latin America and in the whole world”, he explained.
On the album, Fonseca pays homage to traditional Colombian genres such as vallenato, in songs such as Forgive me my errors, in which the accordion and percussion are the protagonists.
“It’s a very special song because I feel it very much like my roots… As much as I’ve been a lover of vallenato all my life, obviously I interpret it and transform it in my own way… For me, forgive me for my mistakes, it’s that, that vallenato of who was born at 2,600 meters high in a city like Bogotá and not by the sea, “he explained.
Cartagena is another song with a lot of Colombian flavor, with accordion and touches of reggaeton, which he performs with his countryman Silvestre Dangond. The theme talks about spending more time with your loved one and enjoying yourself in that coastal city.
“It’s a song that makes a tribute to time for me… I want to ask time for time to be with you, give you more and do more things and not be giving ‘likes,'” he said. “And on the other hand, it is a tribute to Cartagena, which is one of the most emblematic cities in Colombia and which is a city with amazing magic and mystique,” she added.
But it also has cuts with funk touches and string arrangements like Qué nos pasa, ballads like Besos en la forehead, and songs with Afro-Latin touches and danceable rhythms like Háblame bajito, with Cimafunk.
His most recent single is Pasa, with the Mexican trio Matisse. The song, about a lost love, was recorded remotely during the pandemic, but its video, released together with the release of the album, they did manage to film it all together in Mexico City.
“I think the most important thing about this video is that there is a chemistry that is real, there is a good vibe that is real and can be perceived… because there is a mutual admiration and because we have fun singing together,” he said.
One of the singles released before the album is the romantic 2005, which she performs with Greeicy, Cali and El Dandee. Fonseca pointed out that it is a kind of “Chapter 2” of one of her most popular songs, born precisely that year.
“It starts as a tribute and thanks to one of the most important songs of my career, which is ‘I send you flowers’… It’s like a continuation of the story,” he added.
His next single will be Kisses on the forehead, for which he already has a video filmed that he plans to release at the end of May.
The Colombian will go on tour with Viajante, on a journey that will take him throughout America and Europe.