“To make your family back home love you,” Karol G said midway through the concert on Saturday night, “it’s worth gold.” The Colombian artist sang an intimate rendition of “Ocean” on a small circular lever that propelled her past and into the center of a crowd of over 50,000. The song’s lyrics took on new meaning as they bent to fit the occasion, as the 30-year-old Latin pop singer made history as one of the few women ( joining Madonna and Beyoncé) – and the first female reggaeton artist – to perform in Medellín, Colombia’s beloved Estadio Atanasio Giradot.
“I feel great because of you,” she sang in Spanish, “all my happiness is because of you.” For months, supporters of the capital Antioquia have been waiting for this moment. On the way from the local international airport to Poblado, a beloved municipality and the name of the now unmissable runway whose remix it appears on a billboard of a serious Karol G which stands at the edge of the highway, greeting locals and visitors. “La niña de Medellín vuelve a casa”, we read. “The girl from Medellín is coming home.”
The hometown show tapped into the team’s creative reserves, going beyond and broadening the vision of their recent series of American Bichota Tour shows, leaving no doubt about the artist’s preferred stop. From a deep setlist of 26 songs and several outfit changes to surprise guests to the smooth launch of a new track and an explosive ending, the night left little to be desired; Mature and seemingly self-confident Karol G has returned home this year, which makes returning home to her extended family in Medallo seem like an easy task.
At 2:30 p.m. on the first day of his back-to-back Choli nights in Colombia, the on-site talent warned of heavy traffic on their way to the stadium. The show was scheduled for 8 p.m., but cars and people lined up hours before that, indulging in some local street food and brilliant homemade produce. The colors of the blue and orange seats across the expansive Colosseum where Atlético Nacional football club usually plays were slowly but surely invisible as the stadium filled with a sea of supporters sending roaring waves to either side of the stadium. the open-air space as they waited for the night star to debut. With three first games ahead of her, Karol G was scheduled to play at 10:45 p.m. but kicked off around 11:20 a.m.
Sporting large hoops, black studded leather pants and a half-bustier over a white top that, like a dazzling red ensemble she would later wear, had “Bichota” spread over it, Karol G walked into the hall. middle of the stage and kicked off with his latest track, “SeJodioTo”, followed by one of his oldest but most recognizable, sexy and, literally, squeaky songs, “Mi Cama”.
The artist’s last show in Medellín took place in 2019 after the release of his debut album, ocean. Now with the 2021 KG0516 in his back pocket, Karol has returned to unleash new experimental layers – alternative rock prowess being a repeat offender on live versions of “Gato Malo” and “Ahora Me Llama”, as well as a dive into EDM on his summer single with Dutch DJ Tiesto, “Don’t be Shy. As is the case with any romantic reunion, Karol G took a moment to remind some of her most loyal fans what brought them together in the first place with flashbacks like the 2018 track ‘Pineapple’ , “A Ella” from 2017. and songs with her former partner “Culpables” and “Secreto”.
Anuel AA had made a unexpected appearance in one of Karol G’s shows at Puerto Rico’s iconic Choliseo despite her wish to perform on her own. The former couple are on good terms, but he didn’t show up to this one, and it was up to her to fully savor the moment.
Almost exactly halfway through the show, the future actress drew a small swarm of Colombian guests. First, for a performance of “Sola Es Mejor” – a celebration of welcome and rediscovered loneliness – the dynamic duo Yandar and Yostin, followed by new artist Ryan Castro who has been invited to perform his track “Jordan” with the “bebsita”.
Later, Karol G and Feid – Universal Music’s most promising final act and a refreshing experimental addition to this wave of Latin pop – performed a new song they teased on social media earlier this week, ” Freaky “. The issue features references to each of their projects and is a seamless blend of their styles. The artist also had a moment to assert his fame with four minutes of solo time on stage which he wisely used to perform “Si Tú Supieras”, a syrupy bonus track that shines on Intershibuya.
In addition to singing “Poblado” at his home port, Karol G has moved away from the expected version of “Tarde Lo Conocí”, originally from Patricia Teherán, known as the goddess of Vallenato. The song was performed alongside Maria Silena Valle who played the accordion. Serving as a mere display of her vocal range and as an ode to the country that hoisted her with her flag consuming the screens behind and around her, the moment wins the award for one of the most special moments of the night.
After nearly two hours at 1:20 am, the show ended with a performance of her hit with Nicki Minaj, “Tusa”. Although the song was released in 2019 and has reached several milestones since, Karol G had yet to perform it live at home, and there is no world in which it was not on his setlist. Ending on a forward-looking, female empowerment note in which the protagonist runs the boat of her personal and professional life was a fitting end to the night.
When we spoke to Karol in 2019, she said “I can sit with you in two, three years and know [that] things are going to be super different. Now they are. Karol G is the same artist she was then; the same, but different.
“I didn’t want to leave the stage,” the artist tells me happily in the quiet moments of reflection after the confetti has triggered and the fireworks have ended. “Tomorrow is coming and [this all] hasn’t touched me yet… we’ll be back!