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J Balvin, Sech, Becky G & Rauw Alejandro Close Weekend 1 of Mexico's Baja Beach Fest: Recap

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J Balvin at Baja Beach Fest August 15.

The third day of Baja Beach Fest in Rosarito, Mexico, capped a weekend of hitmakers, including Anuel, Ozuna and Karol G. On Sunday, J Balvin closed out weekend one, following stellar performances from Sech, Becky G, Rauw Alejandro, Paloma Mami, Jhay Cortez, Justin Quiles and Sky Rompiendo among others.

Here are the highlights:

J Balvin: Balvin returned to the Rosarito festival for a second time, this time as the main headliner, and fans welcomed him with a huge, echoing roar the instant he set foot onstage and opened with -- wait for it -- “Mi Gente.” The Colombian icon, gleaming in bleached hair and tan-colored cargo attire, played a riveting hour of hits, including “X,” “Con Altura” and “Que Calor.” Maverick male backup dancers in quirky outfits backed him up, a standout moment, considering that backup dancers at the fest were mostly sexily clad, voluptuous women. Bonus: Puerto Rican star Nio García popped up to join Balvin for their recent top 10 “AM” remix.

Sech: In 2019, Sech was just another breakout star with an inescapable hit, “Otro Trago.” Now, the Panamanian vocalist is unquestionably one of the most sought-after performers in Latin music. At Baja Beach fest, he brought pal Jhay Cortez onstage for an unexpected duet and displayed his acrobatic-like percussion skills in a drum battle alongside Toni Drums. Bonus: “Relación” was stunning in a live setting.

“¡Se vale soñar!,” Sech shouted, alluding to the title of his debut album, Sueños, but more importantly, reminding his fans that even the wildest dreams are possible. A few years ago, after all, the singer was working construction in Rio Abajo, Panama.

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Sech performs at Baja Beach Fest August 15.

Becky G: The California-born star -- looking as beautiful as ever in glistening silver eyeshadow and a white jean shorts and jacket combo -- continued to rep her biculturalism, stating how thrilled she is to be a part of both worlds as an American and Mexicana. Her bilingual set was invigorating to say the least. “No Drama” and closing numbers “Mayores” and “Sin Pijama” elevated the vibe to boisterous proportions.

Rauw Alejandro and Jhay Cortez: The two rising stars brought fresh hits. Rauw Alejandro boasted some of the slickest dance moves of the weekend and set the stage ablaze with dance banger “Todo De Ti.” And Cortez delivered more crowd pleasers with “Dákiti” and “No Me Conoce.”

“After being away from a festival stage for so long, I feel blessed to be able to get back out there and reconnect with the people, my fans, and be able to share all this new music,” Cortez told Billboard.

Baja Beach Fest returns next weekend.