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C. Tangana, the Madrilenian bachetero


Madrileño and bachatero from colonia. In his lares, C. Tangana grew up in a multicultural environment, where the settlements of Latin migrants mixed with Iberian customs to give a different life to the Spanish streets and enrich its inhabitants much more.

You stopped loving me, his new song, available from today at 5:00 p.m., is the result of a demographic phenomenon and that crossing of customs, which has produced a rumbachata that is not at all at odds with the roots of flamenco.

Bachata has an official position. It became popular in the neighborhoods, and there was a moment when it came across the first reggaeton things that came to us, such as Don Omar and Tego Calderón. There is a lot of nostalgia for the people here to see these worlds merged.

I remember there was a time when reggaeton was judged, and among them were rap purists, but I went to a disco and what I liked was dancing a bachata or a salsa. Once I started traveling, I ended up listening to Romeo Santos, Héctor Lavoe and Buena Vista Social Club. I’ve been able to appreciate it, before I didn’t have the courage to do it ”, commented C. Tangana, via Zoom, for Excelsior.

Antón Álvarez’s career, his first name, has not been easy. As a figure of Spanish rap, even a promise to purists, he was severely criticized for rooting his identity in the multiculturalism that trap allows. From being Crema, his alias in hip-hop, he became C. Tangana, and for the haters he was “the sold out.” To date they have not released it.

But he has stopped caring. At 30, already overcome the crisis of the third floor and taking the second step to the most important project of his career, El Madrileño, which still does not know if it will be materialized as an album, he dreams of being able to return to give a live concert and dance a bachata with some fans on stage.

With this song I was very afraid to put it on a Dominican, because it is something that you love and respect, just as I would not like to see someone try a rumba or a flamenco without knowing or respecting it, but it fell to Cromo, a colleague mine, and started jumping.

He told me that it was the greatest thing he had done and, from there, with the approval of the bosses, we are going abroad. In addition, it is to find my roots, to be able to say that I am from Madrid, to travel the world and find music to bring and explain from my point of view and departure ”, he said.

His revelation was in Los Angeles. He had salsa in his head and Santos Bacana, his musical director, fell in love with Cuban music and bolero. He went to Havana, got drunk on rum and met Eliades Ochoa and Omara Portuondo, and played with the musicians of the Buena Vista Social Club.

Later, in Mexico, he crossed paths with Alemán, who told him that he was mega proud of the corrido that was held in his honor in Baja California.

He taught it to me as something very cultural, like ‘it doesn’t matter that I’m a rapper, but they made me run’. That was very Mexican and folkloric, and I like that explosion of young people who embrace folklore, it makes me fall in love. It also happened to me with Adriel Favela and Julio H, they use folklore, with a very current code, to speak to their generation ”, he added.

To give the bolt of his relationship with Mexico, C. Tangana confirmed that Ed Maverick is also the reason for his obsession. And when it comes to questioning whether these names will be part of the world of El Madrileño, he did not deny it and said that there will be many collaborations that he will soon announce.

According to Sony Music, C. Tangana is the artist that is listened to the most in Spain, above Alejandro Sanz, with 4.9 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Mexico City is the fourth city in the world that consumes its music the most, only behind Madrid, Barcelona and Santiago de Chile


C. Tangana graduated in Philosophy from the Complutense University of Madrid. Ironically, trying to interpret and reveal the theories of the great philosophers, now their fans are the ones who try to do the same with their music.

It happens that with the release of the single Too Many Women, the first preview of her ongoing project, the public became obsessed with relating her verses to the love story she lived with Rosalía, something that will surely extend with You stopped loving me, a 100% heartbreak theme and what he did with La Húngara and El Niño de Elche.

Over the years we have fed that public neurosis, which is now completely exploded. Every time something comes out, they start looking for meanings everywhere. In particular, I understand Rosalía, because all the impact it has had has caused the obsession.

These years will remember him for the cultural impact he has had and it is normal that he provokes speculations. In addition, history gives rise to them, but I suppose that at some point it will stop because we have been doing it for many years and at some point they will get tired ”, he shared.

Both were co-authors of songs such as Mala mujer, Before dying and of eight of the 11 songs on the album catapulted the Catalan, El mal querida.


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