Maluma crash-landed his spacecraft, which had just caught fire. It’s part of a vibrant opening sequence to his just-launched 11:11 world tour, which unfolds like a sci-fi movie on a super-sized screen with the Medellin-born entertainer looking more like a Hollywood leading man than a reggaeton star.
Moments later, Maluma emerged from a the smoke-filled ground as lasers hovered above center stage at Los Angeles’ Forum for his performance on Saturday night (Sept. 7) with a second show scheduled for Sunday. The tour had kicked off in San Diego the night before.
Born Juan Luis Londoño, the 2018 Latin Grammy winner for best contemporary pop vocal album (F.A.M.E.) has become one of the most visible names in Latin music and one of its most bankable performers. During his Los Angeles show Saturday night, he could barely speak because fan drowned him out as they screamed to show their devotion to him.
“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you,” Maluma finally said, indicating that he’s part of them and they are part of him.
Here are some other 11:11 highlights from his stop at the Forum.
The Gloved One: Before the show starts and the curtain with 3D images flashing across it drops to reveal Maluma’s stage, Latin urban music is playing, but right before Maluma officially opens his show, Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana” gets a turn on the playlist. It’s no surprise because Maluma has said in many interviews through the years that one of his biggest musical inspirations is MJ.
Space adventure: Speaking of the King of Pop, the video that opens Maluma’s concert shows him flying in some kind of space vehicle. The film is reminiscent to Captain EO starring Jackson, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and co-written by George Lucas. Maluma’s space trek has a completely different story line.
The answer: Becky G joined Maluma and they performed “La Respuesta,” their Latin urban song, which they released in April. The upbeat track is meant to empower women and both performers gave an energetic showcase. What made it extra special is that Becky G grew up right down the street from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
The voice: We know Maluma can rap, but acoustic performances, such as the ballad “Marinero,” that give depth to his show. Commanding the stage and in front of thousands of people with back-to-back colossal songs is not easy, but Maluma shows us he’s more than capable. To borrow his words from this show, “This is only the start.”