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I discovered Vicente García back in 2018. I was flying back from Havana to London and we were all waiting at the gate of the airport for hours, because there was a delay on our flight. There was a girl with a guitar playing music and singing with her friends in one corner. At some point, she started playing "Dulcito e coco". I was instantly in love with this track and couldn't stop thinking about it! I went over and asked her the title and the artist.... She wrote it down for me and I remember having to wait to get back to London in order to access some internet and listen to the track. Once I did, I couldn't stop playing it on repeat. And that's how I was introduced to this amazing musician!

Vicente García Guillén is a Dominican musician, singer and composer. He is the former lead singer of the Dominican alternative rock band Calor Urbano, which he left in 2010 to pursue a solo career. Garcia has collaborated in concerts with renowned artists such as Juan Luis Guerra, Alejandro Sanz, Cultura Profetica, Juanes, Ximena Sariñana and Maná among others. He has won three Latin Grammy awards including Best New Artist in 2017. wikipedia

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, García developed an interest in various musical genres at a young age. He served as the frontman of Calor Urbano from 2002 to 2010, after which he pursued a solo career. Upon beginning his solo career, García incorporated influences of traditional Dominican genres such as bachata and merengue with modern styles of reggae, funk, and hip-hop. His solo albums are "Melodrama" (2010), and "A La Mar" (2016), and "Candela" (2019). He also released an experimental collaborative album with producer Visitante of Calle 13 entitled "Trending Tropics" in 2018. wikipedia

Vicente García, can be considered the king of the fusions. His music revolves around musical currents such as Blues, Jazz, Folk, Bachata, Salsa and Merengue, achieving incredible melodies that are complemented by lyrics based on such real personal experiences, that it is inevitable not to add the song to the soundtrack of your life. npr

To help navigate the industry, García says he looks to groups like Café Tacvba and Bomba Estereo — as well as some American artists like Tyler, the Creator — as examples of being authentic without falling into the trappings of celebrity and formulaic music. "They do their thing and they enjoy doing music and experimenting," he says. "They don't follow that hunger [of] commercial success. It's just about feeling grateful for being able to do music. And that's a gift." npr



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