Midem Report: Eduardo Cabra Finds a New Lane, Preps New Release

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Eduardo Cabra poses with Vanguard Award during the ASCAP 2018 Latin Awards at Marriott Marquis Hotel on March 6, 2018 in New York City.  

When Calle 13, the acclaimed Puerto Rican urban duo, split up three years ago, lead singer (and outspoken activist and artist) René Pérez went on to carve a successful solo career. The other half of the group, brother Eduardo Cabra (aka Visitante), continued to do what he had done with Calle 13: Produce and write behind the scenes. Cabra produced 13 albums for the likes of Monsieur Periné and La Vida Boheme, and last year, won the Latin Grammy for Producer of the year.

Now, Cabra is readying to launch his own project, Trending Tropics, in conjunction with Best New Latin Grammy winner Vicente García. Here are some key takeaways from our conversation with him at Midem. 

On Production: I have been in a cave for three years, making production. But for me it’s a creation place, it’s a holly place. But now I’m getting out of the cave and starting a new project, working with Vicente García, whose album I produced. 

On his new project, which will feature different singers: It’s not just a musical project. I’m trying to give power to the proposal. It’s not just about the lead singer. Actually, the “singer” is going to be a robot [although each track will feature a singer, including Ana Tijoux and Li Saumet]. I’m giving power to Trending Tropics as a proposal. It’s not just about one person. In Latin music we need more proposals. It’s like Mike Bronson. He did a collaborative album.  The common denominator is the production. 

On Africa: For me, the trend and the future is Africa. This trend of the Afro Beat and fusion is huge. Africa is the place of everything, not just humanity. I know record labels are starting to get presence there. I think that's’ the way and we need to get influence from that. A project like Trending Tropics should be aware of these fusions in a good way. 

On reggaeton: Yes, I’m including it in Trending Tropics, but in a different way. I think the strong thing about reggaeton is the rhythm. Whether you like it or not, if you’re a hater of reggaeton, you’ll move your feet. If you start fusing it with different things, you’re moving the genre to a different place. 

On the need to do record as an artist again: I’ve been playing in the streets since I was 15. I thought I was done after Calle 13. But I think I’m condemned to play and enjoy music.