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The Colombian singer-songwriter has won many Latin Grammy awards
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Fonseca joins the Mexican band Matisse to release "Pasa"

Fonseca has released several previews of his album, 'Viajante,' with features of Greeicy Rendón, Silvestre Dangond, and Cali and El Dandee.

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For the popular Mexican band Matisse, collaborating with Fonseca was a dream come true. As they stated after the release of the joint single "Pasa," the members of the band said they were fans of Fonseca since before becoming professional musicians.

The single, included on Fonseca's ninth studio album called Viajante, follows the usual pattern of the Colombian singer-songwriter, where Latin pop and folk songs are dominated with tons of passion and sensitivity. This joint production was conceived and written during the pandemic, during which artists could not share their music on stage.

Previously, Fonseca released previews of Viajante, with features from Greeicy Rendón, Silvestre Dangond, and Cali and El Dandee. On this occasion, the Colombian collaborated with Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres to write and produce “Pasa.”

The affinity was mutual even before recording the single: Fonseca recognized he wanted to collaborate with Matisse a long time ago. The Mexican band, which emerged in 2014, became popular with its own mix of pop with national folklore, with three particular voices that blend in perfect harmony.

Fonseca defined the single as "a song that, beyond spite, has that hope that something can be recomposed, like love after committing a mistake." For the Colombian, one of the most emotional parts of the song was when he admits: "I didn't mean to hurt you, but it happens."

For Matisse: “It is very easy for people to identify with this song because everyone has made mistakes in their relationships.” The singer-songwriter and the band felt connected by a shared taste for bringing melancholy to their songs.

Pablo Preciado, another member of the Mexican band, said the Colombian artist gave them full freedom in the creative process. They recorded their part of the song remotely, and were able to add their ideas without limitations of any kind.

Singer Melissa Robles said that in the previous two years, marked by the pandemic, the band had gotten used to recording remotely.

"We understood that even if we weren't together we could continue creating," she said.

Regarding his long-awaited album Viajante, to which he dedicated two whole years of work, Fonseca said: “I am very happy because one knows in his career which works he is most proud of, and Viajante is definitely one of them. On this record I explored deep inside, like I never did before.”

The album, made up of 10 songs –“Pasa” is second — focuses on the adventures of a traveler who moves to discover new horizons. He wants to observe others, be influenced by different landscapes and unforeseen life experiences. But the traveler returns as he left: being exactly the same.

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