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Rauw Alejandro Delivers a Joyous, Vibrant Set During 2021 Latin Music Week

Images of a car cruising down a palm tree-lined street, drenched in neon hues, accompanied a vibey “Algo Magico,” which had the crowd bumping, grinding and fully forgetting just how wet they were. Shouting out collaborator Farruko (who previewed new music at a different 2021 Latin Music Week event), Alejandro launched into their joint track “Fantasias” after a thumping, high-energy “Desenfocao’.”

If anyone showed up hoping to tear up, Alejandro delivered with a heartfelt take on “Tattoo” from his debut. As hand-drawn hearts appeared on the screen behind him, he crooned the Camilo remix version of the sweet, sensual ode, which had the crowd singing every word of the chorus back to him.

If fatigue meant that girls on shoulders had their feet back on the ground toward the end of the set, all that changed when Alejandro busted out his Anuel AA collab “Reloj.” Phones and people were back in the air for the reggaeton banger, and when the beat dropped low for a moment, it felt like a communal a cappella version of the track.

Rauw, by this point having shed his sunglasses and shirt, wrapped with the buoyant, synth-flavored jam “Todo De Ti.” As lasers washed over the crowd and plumes of smoke shot out of the stage, the Miami crowd joyously sang along to the dance-flavored song. Both “Todo De Ti” and its parent album Vice Versa, his second, demonstrate that we’re just starting to discover Alejandro’s stylistic range and the breadth of his artistry. When Alejandro and his dancers took a bow at the end, it was a well-deserved one from a talent that’s just getting started.

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