Born in La Guajira, Colombia, Silvestre Dangond’s love for vallenato music goes as far as when he was a little kid. He began to explore his passion for music at a young age and despite thinking that he would never become famous, he never stopped dreaming. Nearly four decades later, the 39-year-old artist stood in front of a full house at Miami’s American Airline Arena on Saturday night (July 20), which also happens to be Colombia’s Independence Day.
Prior to Dangond taking the stage, DJ and artist Alex Sensation — wearing a Colombian soccer jersey — hyped up the crowd with some of the country’s popular vallenato and cumbia tunes.
At exactly 9:30 p.m., Dangond appeared on stage wearing a dark red velvet blazer, black trousers, and white dress shoes, paired with a set of sunglasses. His opening song was his version of “Dime Pajarito” by El Binomio de Oro. “Thank you for being here! Happy Colombian Independence Day,” he belted out to the crowd.
The Entre Grandes Tour, presented by CMN, is a tribute to some of the big dogs of vallenato music and Dangond’s biggest inspirations, including El Binomio de Oro and Diomedes Diaz. Off the bat, neither Maluma, Nicky Jam nor Natti Natasha were special guests. However, Dangond was joined on stage throughout the show by popular accordion players such as Emiliano Zuleta, Beto Villa, Omar Geles, Alvaro López, El Cocha Molina, Julian Rojas, Franco Argüelles, and Lucas Dangond.
“I’m not who I am today if I hadn’t grown up listening to vallenato from my country,” he said to his fans, explaining why this tour was a bit different to his prior ones.
After about an hour of blessing his beloved Silvestristas with traditional vallenato, Dangond performed some of his biggest hits, including “Casate Conmigo,” a song that he says has been a blessing for him and his career. Wearing a black vest and a change of pants and shoes, he also performed “Justicia,” “Sigo Siendo el Papa,” “Vivir Bailando,” “Materialista,” and “Niegame Tres Veces.”
“I’m not satisfied with just three hours of the show,” he said. “But we’re going to continue!”
Silvestre’s concert really hit home when he performed “Los Caminos de la Vida,” having every person in the arena singing at the top of their lungs. After, indeed, three hours of non-stop fun, Dangond wrapped up his Miami concert with his version of “El Santo Cachon,” where he was joined on stage by French DJ Cedric Gervais.
The Entre Grandes Tour continues on July 27 in Santa Marta, Colombia.