Twenty-six-year old Colombian singer Juan Luis Londoño Arias, more commonly known as Maluma, will host a virtual concert and meet and greet this Wednesday at 7 PM PST to perform songs from his new album.
The Colombian singer surprised listeners with his new album “Papi Juancho” on August 21st, which includes 22 songs featuring collaborations with artists like Zion, Yandel, and Randy.
“Papi Juancho,” the album’s namesake, is one of Maluma’s nicknames and alter egos that he embraced while quarantining in his hometown Medellin. Maluma stayed busy during the COVID-19 pandemic, and returning to Colombia gave him more time to connect with his Reggaeton roots and appreciate the artists and rhythms that made him into the artist he is today.
Earlier in the pandemic, Maluma participated in the One World: Together at Home concert to raise money for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. His tear-jerking performance of Carnaval, performed outside from his home in Medellin, sparked international interest prompting the song to reach #1 on the iTunes Latino Song Charts.
El Arte de los Sueños, a charity that trains vulnerable children through art, was founded by Maluma in 2016. In addition to donating ventilators, respirators and gloves to health centers during the pandemic, the charity also provided families of the members of their nonprofit with food and other necessities to combat the consequences of coronavirus.
Maluma’s quick-tempoed track “Qué Chimba” quickly gained popularity after its release this spring. In response to the stay at home orders, El Arte de los Sueños encouraged fans to participate in the “Qué Chimba Quedarse En Casa Challenge” to encourage fun social distancing activities.
Maluma recorded with producers The Rude Boyz for ten years, and his fifth album features more Reggaeton tracks rather than the pop vibes that characterized the success of his previous album 11:11.
Last night, Maluma also took home his first Video Music Award for best Latin video for his song “Qué Pena” after performing his hit “Hawaí.” Fans can win a virtual meet and greet before “Papi Juancho” takes the stage again Wednesday night at 7 PM PST. To hear notable tracks such as R&B-esque “Ansiedad” and romantic ballad “Madrid,” watch the concert live on YouTube.
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