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Victor Manuelle mix salsa and urban music in his new single “Vamo a ver si el gas pela”

The song includes a short excerpt from "Fuego a la jicotea", the hit of legendary Puerto Rican salsa singer Marvin Santiago

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In the first seconds of “Vamo a ver si el gas pela”, one feels classic salsa rhythms that reminds those rhythms from the 70s in Cuba or Puerto Rico. However, when Victor Manuelle's new song progresses, the voice of Miki Woodz comes into play, bringing a modern air of urban music and creating a fresh and groundbreaking fusion.

The single, released by Sony Music Latin, also includes a short excerpt from "Fuego a la jicotea", the hit of legendary Puerto Rican salsa singer Marvin Santiago. Victor Manuelle, one of the first singers to include the urban genre in his compositions, intended to maintain the “tiraera” form with the inclusion of Woodz.

 The veteran singer considered that “the street language that salsa had at that time, we can compare it today with the one that Miki Woodz performs. I've always said that the street language used today in urban music is what salseros used to do in the 70s. It wasn't called tiraera back then, but it always existed in popular music”.

Songs like “Pa bravo yo”, “quítate tú pa ponerme yo” or “El hombre increíble” by Marvin Santiago probe that the true pioneers of this format existed decades ago. “For this reason, I decided to include the voice of the “Sonero del pueblo” (Santiago)”, explained Manuelle.

 

This "collaboration" of Marvin Santiago was possible thanks to the use of modern technologies, which allowed to recover the late singer's voice and include it in the single, which has high-level musical arrangements by Jay Lugo. “We were able to rescue and have with us one of the promoters of this style and one of the greatest soneros that Puerto Rico has produced,” he celebrated.

Previously, Manuelle had already experimented with other collaborations with urban artists. The first case was “Ay Amor”, in which he invited the reggaeton duo Héctor and Tito to sing, who also sang in a memorable concert in New York. The list was increased with Latin stars such as Don Omar, Bad Bunny, Yandel or Tego Calderón, who have contributed their voice to the salsa and bolero rhythms of Victor Manuelle.

“Vamo a ver si el gas pela”, is the first single of his next album, titled “Lado A Lado B”. It will be released on April 29.

The official video clip for the single was filmed at the Nemesio R. Canales residence, where the singer Marvin Santiago lived. A team of 40 dancers appears in the clip, with a spectacular choreography directed by Tito Carlos. The video will be available soon on Youtube.

Born in New York to a Puerto Rican family, Victor Manuelle began his career in 1993 with his debut “Justo a tiempo”. His particular style of salsa and romantic ballads quickly had an international impact and he won multiple awards, including four Billboard Latin Music Awards and four Lo Nuestro Awards.

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