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Juan Luis Guerra in Lima: merengue, romance and faith that made thousands dance while others were left out | CHRONICLE

What was happening inside the Arena Peru was a timid reflection of the chaos outside: problems with the access between areas, the arrangement of the chairs, and even difficulties to get drinks, to the point that beer was more sought after than at the World Cup in Qatar. Despite this, the large LED screens in the venue tried to simulate a summer atmosphere to calm things down. You had to relax and get in tune.

It is not for nothing that it is about the tour called Entre Mar y Palmeras, which brings Juan Luis Guerra and his 4.40 to Lima. The first of two shows that quickly sold out their tickets, which confirms the impressive roots of the Dominican musician in our country: one that can be seen in the diversity of his audience, which groups generations, diverse tastes, religionsand that attracted couples, complete families and a parade of celebrities who will not be named here. And we can keep counting.

At 9:50 at night, after a DJ set, Juan Luis appeared on stage with his habitual demeanor and recognizable from a long distance. The beginning, with “Rosalía”, sets a soft tone before giving way to the more lively “La travesía”. That is the oscillation that defines the entire concert –and Guerra’s complete discography–, alternating the merengue and the ballad, the mambo and the bachata. Perfect modulation of speeds that may be the key to its almost 40 years of experience.

they would follow “The key to my heart”, “It’s worth it”, “Like me”, “Kitipun” and then an intimate moment in which the stage lights go down, Juan Luis picks up the guitar and settles into a chair. “This in the Dominican Republic we call pambiche. A slow meringue that I dedicated to my eternal love, my wife Nora”, says the musician, becoming intimate and affective about his relationship since 1983 with Nora Vega, the woman who has inspired almost all of his love compositions.

After the romantic intermission, people reactivate with one of those effective medleys that the band performs with perfect spirit: “Razones”, “Yesterday”, “Everything happens” and “Love letter” sound concatenated in such a way that nobody stops listening. dance. The one who doesn’t dance much is Guerra (65 years are not fulfilled in vain) but, truth be told, he has never been one of those ‘showman’ of great physical display. His is based above all on a voice that he keeps intact, very clean and well cared for..

Dominican Juan Luis Guerra showed that he keeps his voice intact by presenting his best hits.  (Photo: Anthony Niño de Guzmán)

“Bicycle Niagara” marks a high point, with an audience hooked on one of his most popular songs. And then, again, it goes up and down, because it follows one of the Christian themes of Guerra. “This I composed for Jesus, my savior, king of kings. For him there is nothing, nothing impossible”, he manifests with evident faith before singing “For you”.

After that, another ‘medley’ that includes several hits such as “La hormiguita”, “Bachata en Fukuoka”, “Bachata rosa” and closes with perhaps the most chanted of the night, “Bubbles of love”, that turned the stage into that metaphorical fishbowl. A break for the singer, who leaves for a moment his orchestra to be in charge of animating the public, and resumes with other classics such as “Visa para un sueño”, the very political “The cost of life”, “I hope it rains coffee ”, the ripiao parakeet “El farolito”, and “Las avispas”, danced until saying enough.

A brief break and the bearded singer-songwriter –winner of almost 30 Grammys, with more than 70 million records sold– resumes for a forceful batch made up of three songs from “Bachata Rosa”, the 1990 album that consecrated him: “To ask for your hand”, the very “Bachata Rosa” and the inevitable “La Bilirubina”, burst and farewell for a show that, although this Wednesday the 23rd repeats the dish, it will surely be missed.

Source: Elcomercio

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