A tribute is a special event that usually results in an unforgettable day for that person who celebrates an achievement or milestone. Likewise, it could be said that almost all invitations have some “obligations” implicit in them. Among them, in addition to answering the invitation, is giving a gift or having a small gift with the person being honored.
In life, however, there are people who like to break with tradition. The Spanish Latin pop singer-songwriter, Natalia Jimenezis one of them. In September 2023, who began his musical career in the early 2000s as vocalist of the group The fifth stationannounced that it would close the celebration of its 20 years of experience in Puerto Rico, where it began in August 2022.
Natalia Altea Jimenez Sarmento, the full name of the performer, enthusiastically extended an invitation to the Puerto Rican public to come together and be part of the musical party at the emblematic Puerto Rico Coliseum Jose Miguel Agrelot. About the choice of the final destination of “Anthology 20 years”stated that the island “has always been very important” in his career, as he considers it “a thermometer for releasing music and offering a tour.”
From the day before the calendar marked the date of the evening, the 42-year-old artist began to have details with the Puerto Rican audience. Through its instagramJimenez shared a video where he showed himself buying some tickets at the stadium ticket office, in Hato Rey, and then giving them to several of his fans.
Then he went to the Market Square, in Santurceand at Old San Juan, where he replicated the gesture. In the publication, the Spanish woman looked happy at the way the winners reacted.
The most emotional acts, who released his first solo album – titled with his own name – in June 2011, had them reserved for the long-awaited concert. “Hello, my dear friends from Puerto Rico, how are you? Well, I’m ready for the Coliseum tonight, but I wanted to tell you something, and I have a surprise for you. I don’t know if you know that when I was young I was a street musician, and I liked to play in the subway and in the street in Madridand today I met someone special in the streets of Puerto Rico, I met a street musician called Sesion Castillo, and he plays the guitar, and he sings very beautifully, and then I had the glorious idea of inviting him to “Let me open the concert at the Coliseum,” he expressed on his Instagram account.
Castillo, who had never performed on a stage like the “Choliseo,” attended the meeting. Before going on stage, the host of the night asked for “applause like he deserves.” Somewhat shy, but with an emotion that he could not hide, the musician delighted “his people” with two songs. Once he finished his participation, he thanked and praised someone who is considered one of the most important female figures in Spanish song.
First, second, and third call, and the “show” started. Dressed in black, with one of her characteristic false buns and smiling from ear to ear, she was the recipient of the Grammy and the Latin Grammy He sang “Where will they go?” With this success of La Quinta Estacion, which was released in 2002, the exponent showed that all human beings have the ability to fulfill their dreams.
“Welcome everyone to the celebration of my 20 years of career. Many of you have followed my career since I went to Mexico like a blank book to write the great adventure of my life. “I started at 16 years old singing in the streets and in the Madrid subway, hoping one day to be able to sing for an audience,” he stated in the opening video where several photographs of his childhood and adolescence appeared, and a recreation of the times in which that being a star only happened in his dreams.
“Que te loved” and “Nina” continued the repertoire that was chanted and danced from beginning to end by an audience that was mostly made up of women. Jimenez dedicated this second song to all the girls “who have a dream and, although they have not made it easy for us, they have continued forward.”
“Puerto Rico has always been my darling,” he repeated three times and then presented “Perdicion” and “Tu worst error.” The single from the album “El mundo se equivoca”, also by La Quinta Estacion, was one of the most applauded.
The next number, according to the singer, was added to the repertoire yesterday morning. In addition to all the feelings that she provokes among her followers, such as happiness, nostalgia and love, she is special in her career because she sang it with a great friend, the artist with Puerto Rican roots Mark Anthony. During the song, in which the Madrid native demonstrated – once again – that she has a powerful voice and musical versatility – most of the cell phones of her followers were in recording mode.
A few days after celebrating the Day of love and Friendship, the singer surprised her romantic partner, businessman Arnold Hemkes, who taught her that “in life there are second chances, and good ones.” For him, she sang “Something else.”
Love literally spread through the air. The lights inside the venue changed to red. Many couples took the opportunity and brought their faces closer together to pay tribute to the force that moves the world.
“Puerto Rico has always been my darling. ”
Natalia Jimenez, Spanish singer
With “Daria” and “Me muero”, who throughout his career has sold more than three million albums worldwide and has recorded duets with the main stars of Latin music such as Daddy Yankee and Ricky Martin, put an end to the first part of the show. An audiovisual material that captured most of the most important moments in her career gave the host time to change her clothes and give another surprise to those present.
“Surprise, Puerto Rico!” Jimenez exclaimed, as he walked through one of the side hallways of the Arena area. “I come to give flowers,” he added. As expected, the journey to the stage was full of pulls, hugs and high fives. The “bride to be”, however, he responded to all the gestures he could. Those who didn’t, managed to receive at least one flower from his hands.
The acoustic part, which is never missing in a concert by the lyrical mezzo-soprano, was starred by “If you want”, “The silly phrase”, “Tan solo tu”, “Lo mejor de mi vida” and “El color de tus ojos” . “I Believe in Me,” where she was accompanied by her faithful band, filled the audience with strength. This moment, surely, served for the composer to remember that the song released on March 17, 2015 reached the number one position in Puerto Rico and number two on the Billboard Latin Albums of Billboard.
The regional genre also had its place in the show, which lasted more than an hour and a half. In addition, Jimenez paid tribute to greats of Mexican music such as Jose jose and John Gabriel. “The cat in the rain”, “I’m asking you please”, “I already know that you’re leaving”, “Eternal love”, “The poor man”, “If they leave us” and “Stay with her” sounded in the Puerto Rico Coliseum.
After thanking him once again, and promising that he would return to the island’s stage “very soon,” “the show is over.” Somewhat indignant, the public immediately requested “another one.” “There was one missing here,” said someone from the audience.
“The sun does not return,” he took Jimenez back to the stage. The song, released in 2004, is present in every Puerto Rican celebration, and the singer knows it very well. How could it not be part of her own concert? Together with “El rey”, the songs became “the cherry on the cake” of the Spanish singer’s 20th musical anniversary.
May there be many more, Natalia!