Puerto Rican artist Farruko used the confinement of the plague to visit his childhood and found there “the genesis of what would be my first great tour of the main squares of the United States”. He also strengthened the family ties he had with his relatives and “the great friends I made in music”.
In an exclusive interview with Effie, the musician explained that “the love of these friends, many of them Cubans, is what inspired me to use my voice to denounce what the regime is doing to the people on the island.”
Farruko was referring not only to the statements in which he supported the idea of ”the American invasion of Cuba to remove those wretched from power”, but also to his decision to wear a T-shirt that read “Diaz-Canel Singão”, a phrase used in Cuba to insult the main leader of the government, President Miguel Diaz-Canel.
“I owe a lot to my Cuban friends, who welcomed me in Miami as a member of their family and supported me at all times,” he added.
This devotion to the Cuban community in exile and his circle of friends is also shown by Farouk in his decision to name his next tour by the street number on which he grew up in the Puerto Rican city of Bayamon.
The “LA 167” (The One Six Seven) tour, which so far has dates in major cities in Puerto Rico and the United States, is Farruko’s first as lead artist in major venues and runs from September of this year to February 2022.
“I kind of like to be involved in everything I do, so I got involved in every part of the plans, from the teams to the design,” he said.
In fact, his idea was to use this moment to celebrate the path he took “to get to where I am now.” Therefore, the public will see unpublished photos of his childhood and adolescence. “They would even see me (naked) Pilladeto when I was a kid,” he joked.
Farruko gave his first taste of “LA 167” last Thursday on the Premios Juventud stage, singing “Pepas”, his new song topping the list of most listened to Latin songs on Spotify this Tuesday, “Take Care” and “I’m Feeling Good” with Pitbull, Alpha, Anna Chino, Anthony Watts and Omar Kurtz. “This show is part of what fans will see on tour,” the artist said.
For him, it is necessary for the audience to feel that we gave them everything we had and to enjoy the show. We have been waiting for a long time to sing together and we will do it in style.”
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