Written By | Paul Farinas
DETRIOT, MI (September 16, 2018) – Residente and Trooko were set to play at one of
Detroit’s most famous venues, Saint Andrew’s Hall. Being that it was a hot, humid evening I didn’t expect the line to be so long as it wrapped around the building, all the way to the parking lot. As I entered the music hall I didn’t feel like I was at a show, but rather at a family reunion. All around me excited concert-goers from all over the state, as well as from Ohio and even Canada were greeting each other and saying hello. I didn’t know what to expect from the concert, but just seeing how everyone was so musically connected and ready to party I was excited to find out why.
Even before Trooko took stage the eager crowd was already buzzing with anticipation,
and I could see why. Trooko, who is a multi-Grammy award winning producer, has worked witha number of great artists in the past such as Beyoncé, M.I.A., Major Lazer, Santigold, Chris Brown, and the Beastie Boys. He also produced Residente’s last album which won two Latin Grammy Awards and nine nominations in 2017. What I enjoyed most about Trooko’s 35-minute DJ set was that he barely touched his laptop, performing how DJ’s used to perform: with the drum pads and manually mixing the songs and beats. Although he remixed hit songs from artists like Beyoncé, Kanye, and Cardi B I found that he really shone when he did his own beats as his sound had that Detroit House Music vibe that Detroiters know so well.
Hyped up after Trooko’s set, the crowd erupted as soon as the intermission music stopped playing and Residente came to the stage opening with “Somos Anormales.” Playing his hits such as “La Vuelta Al Mundo” and “Desencuentro,” I immediately discovered Residente’s musical versatility as his songs had a colorful mixture of Latin music, African music, Reggae, Hip-Hop, and Jazz. Residente’s evident passion for diversity flowed effortlessly through his music; not only were his songs fun and entertaining, they were also eye-opening as his lyrics touched on political issues in the U.S. and around the world. As Residente ended the night with “Vamo’ A Portarnos Mal,” a mini mosh pit formed in the middle of the crowd at which one point one of
Saint Andrew’s staff even joined. At the end of his set, the crowd in perfect unison chanted “Olé! Olé! Olé!” and “Encore,” however unfortunately, Residente and his band didn’t come out leaving some people disappointed.
Overall people had a good time at the show. Although most of his songs are in Spanish, it did not hinder me from enjoying his music. I may not know the language but I felt his message through his music and the delivery in which he gave it. This was not just any other concert. This was a “reunion” that brought people together in celebration of diversity and culture.