Once upon a time, salsa reigned supreme. Great singers from Cuba, Venezuela, Panama, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Dominican Republic introduced this vibrant genre to the world and we collectively moved to the clave, connecting with its universal message. As legendary BMI-affiliated salsa producer Sergio George puts it, “Not only was salsa the dance of dances, but it gave people hope, something to relate to, something to dream of, the possibility of romanticism during the toughest of times, a respite for the poor.” Somewhere along the way, though, the movement lost momentum and was overshadowed by other genres.
You may not readily recognize the name Pablo Alborán, but after the 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, that is all set to change. At only 22, the Spanish singer (who was born and raised in Malaga and is half French on his mother’s side) has accomplished what can take many people years to do—he’s earned both the hearts of listeners and the acclaim of critics.
Check out my interview with him for Fusion (ABC/Univision) from the rooftop of the Mandalay Bay Hotel the day before the awards show!