Lollapalooza Argentina Closes With Kendrick Lamar, Plus Steve Aoki on Paulo Londra's Set

Paulo Londra and Steve Aoki
Courtesy of DF Entertainment

Paulo Londra and Steve Aoki perform at the 2019 Lollapalooza Argentina on March 31, 2019.

Kendrick Lamar made his first visit to Argentina a memorable one -- closing out Lollapalooza Argentina's main stage Sunday (March 31) with powerful renditions of his DAMN. hits, dips into his back catalog, and video vignettes featuring his "Kung Fu Kenny" persona.

With his band almost hidden on the side of the stage, Lamar used the space to share his profound narrative of the disenfranchised America, but still remembered his connection with the audience.

“I want to see the real Kendrick Lamar fans today,” he said, throwing in some cuts from Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.

He was visibly moved when he took a minute of silence to honor recently murdered rapper Nipsey Hussle before “LOVE,” and encouraged the crowd to shout the chorus of “HUMBLE,” in one of the evening’s most emotional moments.

Earlier on the main stage, Argentinian trap sensation Paulo Londra had plenty of reasons for the big smile on his boyish face, including trap’s nurtured presence at the international franchise festival (which also had appearances by C.R.O., Neo Pistea and Duki), his connection with the massive crowd and, of course, the meteoric rise he has been enjoying since last year.

Joined by Steve Aoki in front of his basketball-themed set, Londra celebrated himself with hits like “Cuando te besé,” “Nena maldición,” “Condenado para el millón” and the popular “Adán y Eva.”

With the sun setting, things got political during Caetano, Moreno, Zeca and Tom Veloso’s set. Playing songs mostly from Caetano’s catalogue and the live album Ofertorio, the family remembered the 55th anniversary of Brazilian dictatorship and displayed black banners proclaiming, “Dictatorship, never more.”

Representing rock were Greta Van Fleet and Lenny Kravitz, who declared: “We’re all here to let love rule. We’re here to represent love and to be on the right side of history.”

Carlos "La Mona" Jimenez gave a breathtaking show of cuarteto, the city of Cordoba’s local rhythm, while Argentine pop export Lali used her lunchtime slot to play most of the songs from her latest release, Brava.

On Day 2, Saturday (March 30), the presence of local heavyweight Fito Paez, as well as Los Hermanos, Juana Molina and Sam Smith served as key pieces for this to be a gathering for the entire family.

Fresh off his Carnegie Hall concert, Paez served up his eternal and transgenerational hits with fresh urgency. He began with “El amor después del amor,” and the triple punch of “11 y 6,” “Al lado del camino” and “Brillantes sobre el mic” brought parents and children together in a large sing-along.

The day also featured English rock bands Arctic Monkeys and Foals, newcomer Ca7riel's acid jazz and funk-informed trap, and local indie darlings Perras on the Beach.