By SIGAL RATNER-ARIAS, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Rosalía spent three years working on her acclaimed third studio album, “Motomami.” Now she’s ready to take the music on an upcoming world tour, with stops in her native Spain, Mexico, Europe and New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall.
The Grammy- and eight-time Latin Grammy-winning sensation announced her “Motomami World Tour” on Monday, which will see her perform 46 concerts in 15 countries starting July 6 in Almería, Spain, and includes stops in Barcelona, Madrid, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Bogota, New York, Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Amsterdam, London and more, before closing in Paris on December 18.
“There isn’t a day that I don’t practice, there isn’t a day that I don’t study all of this,” the 29-year-old singer-songwriter told the Associated Press from Miami as she physically prepares. and emotionally to spend almost six months on the road.
“But I’m very excited. I have always loved traveling, and in the end I feel like being able to go to other countries also inspires me, allows me to make music, because I hope to continue writing songs during the tour “, she added.
“Motomami,” its sequel to 2018’s “El Mal Querer,” was produced between Barcelona, Miami, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, New York and Los Angeles, largely during the pandemic.
With its combination of flamenco, reggaeton, bachata, salsa, electro-pop and hip-hop, and hit songs like “Saoko”, “La Combi Versace” with Tokischa, “La Fama” with The Weeknd and “Chicken Teriyaki,” the eclectic 16-track album debuted at No. 1 on Spotify’s World Albums Chart (a first-ever achievement for a Spanish artist) and marked the strongest debut on the charts. Billboard of all Latin albums so far this year.
When asked about her musical influences and role models, the first thing Rosalía mentions is that she grew up surrounded by nature.
“Ultimately, nature is God’s most brilliant creation. It was a reference for me, or rather an inspiration. It has marked me since I was little,” said the artist, who was born in San Cucufate del Vallés, a municipality located in the Vallés Occidental region, in the province of Barcelona.
Then she highlights the great women in her life: “My grandmother took me to mass and it marked me. My mother has always been a reference; she is a very strong woman, a very independent woman. Or my sister, who is a visual artist and who has always inspired me a lot too, a very intelligent woman.
“Well, my mom always showed me Nina Hagen, Patti Smith, Janis Joplin, women who create,” she continued. “My mum showed me this because she really loved music, so it was all a reference for me.”
Transferring a project as ambitious and varied as “Motomami” to the stage was “a very exciting challenge” for Rosalía. She said this stage show would be very different from her 2019 tour in support of “El Mal Querer”, which also included more than 40 concerts on both sides of the Atlantic.
On this occasion, in New York, she performed two evenings at Webster Hall. This time it will be at the gigantic and iconic Radio City Music Hall on September 18-19.
“Two nights! Two nights! I can’t wait. New York is one of my favorite cities. I hope at some point in my life I can live there, but for now at least I can go sing there said the singer behind hits such as “Con Altura” with J Balvin, “TKN” with Travis Scott and “La noche de anoche” with Bad Bunny.
She said she was excited to play again in her native country, where she has 12 concerts scheduled, as well as in Mexico and Argentina “because the audience there gives you a lot of love; it’s such a dedicated audience that it brings out the best in me.
She is also looking forward to going to the San Juan Coliseum because many of the artists who inspired the project – such as Daddy Yankee, Tego Calderón, Zion and Don Omar – have filled this place, and to La Romana in the Dominican Republic “because there is also bachata in ‘Motomami’.
Tickets for the “Motomami World Tour” will be available from Friday on rosalia.com.
Sigal Ratner-Arias is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sigalratner.
This story corrects Rosalía’s age to 29, not 28.
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