Draco Rosa

Draco Rosa

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It's been almost two years since the original release of Draco Rosa's album Vida, which won 2013's Latin Grammy for album of the year and a Grammy for best Latin pop album, and now a vinyl version is on the way.

Since then, the Puerto Rican rock icon and hit songwriter went on an extensive tour, including a Los Angeles concert that was unforgettable for its intensity: long, loud, at times almost unbearably intimate, a show of life force that under the circumstances could have been taken as a rebel yell at cancer.

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Rosa has undergone two stem-cell transplants after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma: one before the album was released and one after the tour, when he was told the cancer had returned. He has since moved his studio to a tropical setting in his native Puerto Rico and is reportedly working on his next album.

"I'm back," Rosa told Puerto Rican media recently at a press conference for the charity race "World's Best 10K," for which he serves as a spokesman, urging the public to run in the name of a child with cancer. Rosa said he plans to walk in March in the Scotiabank-sponsored race, which he had to miss last year due to his illness. People who buy a ticket to a raffle related to the event will win a chance to have coffee with the artist, or win a Draco Rosa-autographed guitar.

The vinyl edition of Vida is due Tuesday and will be available on Amazon. Meanwhile, watch Rosa performing the song "Esto Es Vida," which has to be one of the most beautiful love songs -- and life-loving songs -- ever written.

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