Maluma: I am what I am thanks to Vicente Fernández

Accompanied by his dog Buda, with pink hair and dark glasses, the Colombian singer Maluma entered a hotel in Mexico City this Thursday to present his most recent album “The Love & Sex Tape” and in a meeting with the press he reaffirmed his love for the country and the music of the legendary Vicente Fernández.

“I am what I am thanks to Vicente and the Mexican culture, I have listened to him since I was a child. He even came in the car listening to songs by Vicente and Alejandro, it’s my favorite music, “said the 28-year-old singer on his way through the red carpet.

Juan Luis Londoño Arias (Medellín, Colombia, 1994) assured that he is a great friend of the Fernández family and that, upon learning of the death of the Mexican idol, it hurt him a lot that he had not been able to collaborate with him.

“The only thing I needed was to make a song with him, I always said it and always talked about it,” he stressed.

The singer will give two concerts in Mexico City on June 10 and 11 at the Palacio de los Deportes as part of his “Papi Juancho” tour and assured that it was an honor for him to present his seventh album in a city that promoted both his early career.

“It is an album made with a lot of love, with a lot of reggaeton, with the music that I like to do and that is precisely why I wanted to do it here, in Mexico City, because for me it represents my beginnings, my roots. I am what I am thanks to Mexico and all the love it has given me during my career,” said the singer.

The album is a return to his musical origins with a more classic reggaeton, trap and more street and urban overtones that marked the beginning of his career and that he explores in collaborations with artists such as Feid, Chencho Corleone, Jay Wheeler and Lenny Tavárez, Arcángel and From the Ghetto.

The singer also celebrated the reconciliation between his friend and compatriot J Balvin with the Mexican regional singer Christian Nodal after both starred in a discussion on social networks over a Balvin joke that was misunderstood by the author of “Adiós amor”.

“They, like mature gentlemen, made the decision that this was not a good example for the people and the youth. Those little jokes have a weight behind them and one cannot begin to smooth over their rough edges in front of people (… ) If they put together the fart at the public level, they had to square it in the same way,” he said.