After two years of traveling around the world, mainly as a source of inspiration, Guaynaa officially presents his debut studio album, La República, via Universal Music Latino.
Home to 16 tracks, including the previously released cuts “Los Cachos,” “Cumbia a la Gente,” and “Monterrey,” La República is an ode to different cultures, where he experimented with Mexico’s cumbia sonidera, hip-swaying Arabic music, and other rhythmic tunes, with Puerto Rican perreo as the base.
“It took two years of traveling the world and meeting people to feel comfortable in a record production,” he admitted in an official statement. “This album is a little piece of me.”
The album’s name is a representation of the different republics that have their own rules. “We must do the same with our lives in our work and with our decisions, so that’s what I wanted to do with his first album,” he emphasized. Collaborations on La República include El Alfa, Los Angeles Azules, Noel Schajris, Servando & Florentino, and Lola Indigo, to name a few.
Below, Guaynaa breaks down five tracks from his album, and watch the focus single and video for “Chikitita” feating El Alfa and Play-N-Skillz:
Baja: “It’s an old-school reggaetón. With this song, we do not lose the habit of bringing out that music with which people knew me from the beginning.”
Ingenuo Corazon: “It’s a lament song, I don’t think any of my fans have seen that side of me as an artist. It’s a song about suffering, and I think it’s interesting for my fans to listen to it, because it shows a new side of Guaynaa.”
Cerveza: “I love this song because it has a lot of cumbia elements. It tells the story of a pueblo. And it has some trombone incorporation that I think is spectacular. The lyrics, the music, I love everything about it.”
Cumbia A La Gente: “This collaboration with Los Angeles Azules is one of the biggest achievements I’ve had in my career. Being able to collaborate with this group of dreams signifies a lot to me.”
El Payo: “It’s a collaboration with India Martinez, a spectacular Flamenco singer, and it represents a homage to the gypsy culture. It’s a very far-fetched composition, in terms of the lyrics and the melodies.”