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Creole music with urban genre? Marco Romero and Renata Flores mix the classic with the ‘flow’ in a transgressive proposal

Marco Romero, a great promoter of Creole music, it reinforces, re-powers and innovates. Seeking to end the generation gap against which he has been fighting relentlessly for several years, he joined the young singer from Ayacucho Renata Flores to create “My blessed place”, his new single in which he masterfully intertwines Afro-Peruvian rhythms with urban touches and Andean colors.

I am very excited because with what I have been preparing we are going to make a link between youth and tradition, obviously I am not going to part with traditional waltzes because I love them; but I will always try to take the sound a little further, as Óscar Avilés and Mario Cavagnaro did at the time. The latter created the replana with simple words and slang, and placed Peruvian music on a much more earthly plane. Avilés inserted some instruments into Afro-Peruvian music, such as the bongo and the same touch of the celebration with the waltz, the ‘Valseando festejos‘”, Highlights the national musician.

The creator of “Because I believe in you” does not intend with this daring musical proposal to break or turn off schemes, what he seeks -as he points out- is that his music transcends Peruvian borders. “This song has a lot of celebration but it will also have that urban sound to get us everywhere, which is what interests us”, He assures.

And just as it is going to stay, we must try that Creole music is not alien to the possibility of merging without losing its essence, as is the case with this new release scheduled for next October 22. I am basically going for an accurate horizon, the visibility of traditional music enriched with genres that are always turning”, Adds the national singer-songwriter.

“My Blessed Place”, composed by Romero with Paulo Morales and Renata; and mastered by Latin Grammy-winning music producer Lewis Pickett, it is the first single from the album of the same title that the singer-songwriter will release in 2020.

Marco Romero joins Renata Flores to create "My blessed place".  (Photo: Bupaz)

When we started this project, with Paulo, who is the producer, we asked ourselves what we can do to create a song that has this mechanism (with the urban), but with depth, and we agree that depth is given to you by another language. And we immediately think of Renata, because she sings in Quechua and has had an incredible career. I spoke with her and her mother, I told them about the project, and two days later they told me that they were delighted and happy to participate. I got very excited”Recalls Romero.

. It is a celebration, but it has an urban feel with a beautiful Andean color. It speaks of Peru, but it can also take us to any place that represents a blessed place. The chorus says: ‘This time I don’t want to lose you, I want to protect you, I will pray for you and me. Today I wake up slowly and I do not know if you are here or you are just a beautiful dream in which I want to live. You are my blessed place that I want to visit …”Shared Marco Romero.

In this new album, Marco Romero has the participation of other figures of the musical environment such as Susan Ochoa, Lucho Quequezana and Ramón Stagnaro, a Peruvian guitarist based in Los Angeles.


The visual part of this musical project was recorded in the city of Ayacucho. In places such as the Ayacucho Cathedral, in the Plaza de Armas and in the surroundings of the Pampa de la Quinua.

Marco Romero’s new record proposal will have ten songs and will feature the participation of Peruvian artists and one foreign artist. “”, He remarks.

Musical heritage

Likewise, the national singer-songwriter recalled with emotion the participation of his mother, Carmen de la Puente, in “La Voz Senior”, where he was a member of Daniela Darcourt’s team. “My mother did not dare to participate, so we sent her video singing on the last day of the casting, and on the day of the blind auditions, my sister and I accompanied her. Almost twenty years ago, my mother sang salsa professionally, but she left music for the Gospel, and ‘La Voz’ gave her the opportunity to take it up again. It is a program that returns ”, He emphasizes.


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