- After 25 years of the last time they were in the same group, the Bukis decide to form the band again.
- The most famous member of this group is celebrating an important event for him.
- A great way to thank Ricardo Montaner is listening to his new music.
MEXICO CITY (AP) – The wait is over for loyal fans of Los Bukis: 25 years after its dissolution, the Mexican band returns for a series of concerts in the United States with all its members. “This is a celebration,” said the vocalist, Marco Antonio Solis in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from Los Angeles. “The time has come to announce it.”
The “Una historia cantada” tour will begin on August 27 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, and will continue at Soldier Field in Chicago on September 4 and AT&T Stadium in Dallas on September 15. Other dates could be announced soon. Solís said that the pandemic unleashed emotions and reflections in the musicians that led them to be grateful that “we are still alive in this world, that we are healthy and we are in contact with the boys.”
The birth of the Bukis
His first reunion with the band was at his streaming concert “Bohemia en pandemia” on May 9, when he invited Los Bukis to accompany him, and after that they began to seriously think about the idea of reuniting. The popular group was created in the mid-1970s and disbanded in 1996 after hits such as “Your prison”, “False love” and “I had you and I lost you.” Throughout their career they garnered three Grammy nominations, including Best Latin Pop Album for “Through Your Eyes.”
“The maturity they have in these times and what they also experienced individually during the pandemic, this led us to unite and somehow give an example that everything can be done when there is will,” said Solís, who after the disintegration of the The group continued with a prolific career with hits such as “If you hadn’t gone away”, “My eternal secret love” and “Without thinking about it.”
“So it happened,” he continued. “With that will and that desire to rebuild. That is what we need in this world, to rebuild many things that have brought us down ”. His brother José Javier Solís, who left the group in 1987, as well as José “Pepe” Guadarrama, who replaced him, will participate in the reunion. There will also be Joel Solís, Marco Antonio’s cousin and founder of Los Bukis, as well as Roberto Guadarrama, Eusebio “Chivo” Cortés and Pedro Sánchez.
Solís is also celebrating for his 45 years of artistic career and for the exhibition “And forever… Marco Antonio Solís”, dedicated to his career, which is currently being presented at the Grammy Museum and includes a section on Los Bukis. “The Grammy Academy did us the honor of giving us this space … It is very well exhibited, very well explained,” he said about the exhibition, which will be open to the public until spring 2022.
Solís recently released the ranchero single “Se Veía Coming”, with a video recorded at a hacienda and a cenote in Yucatán. The black-and-white clip shows a wedding in which Solís sings to a bored-looking bride, until his brand new wife arrives at the table. The singer-songwriter said that the story of a gay couple arose at the suggestion of his wife, and that Solís agreed without hesitation. “I come from a very conservative and provincial generation, too, and these things sometimes do not fall so easy for us,” he admitted. “Looking at it from the human point of view, and with criteria, we are living in this time and there is nothing, absolutely nothing wrong with this happening.” “I have always said: love is something that does not have sex, the soul is the one that really falls in love, the one that keeps a couple together,” he stressed.
The theme will be included in his next album. Solís said he will be releasing another single in September, when he will give two concerts in Las Vegas at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. It will be a repertoire different from that of their presentations with Los Bukis, who will only play songs from the group. At the moment they do not have dates contemplated in South America, although they could bring the tour to Mexico and Central America next year, if the pandemic allows it. “These are events that we want to make very special,” said Solís. “Bukis’s audience has been very loyal and continues to listen to the songs to this day, we are part of their existential soundtrack.” “We have done many marriages and divorces with music,” he added humorously.
Montaner launches his first album dedicated to God and aimed at non-believers
Miami, May 31 (EFE News) .- Almost 45 years have passed since Ricardo Montaner recorded his first song as a professional artist and thanks to the confidence of having reached a point where he can make music “without thinking only about profits.” , he gave himself permission to attend to “the need” to release his first album dedicated to “the adoration and praise of Jesus Christ.”
This was explained by Montaner through a video call, in which he presented to the international press the album to which he has given the name “Faith”, aimed at those who “need to find or recover their own”. “I owed God a record like that and I needed to do it. I felt that it was the moment, because we all need relief in these difficult times that we are living, especially those who have not approached the Father, or those who believed but fell away due to some circumstance of life, “said the singer-songwriter 63 years.
Ricardo Montaner presents his new material
The album’s cover letter was “Amen”, the first single from the album, released on December 24 and whose video had to date almost 154 million views. That song not only sets the tone for the production, which consists of 11 songs totally dedicated to God, but it shows how “Faith” is a totally familiar project. Montaner, his son-in-law Camilo, his sons Mau, Ricky and Evaluna, and friends of them, participated in the composition, collaborations and production.
All of them will present it live on June 12, in the first concert of the Montaner family in full, which will be broadcast digitally from the beautiful Los Altos de Chavón amphitheater in the Dominican Republic. “There we will sing some songs of ‘Fe’ but also the boys will sing theirs and we will exchange songs as well. They will see me singing some of Camilo, Mau and Ricky singing some of mine and so on. It will be something very special, ”promised the artist, who revealed that this concert will be the beginning of the unscripted,“ reality ”-type series of the Montaner family’s life.
The process of composing the songs on “Fe” was “totally different from what I have followed on my previous albums,” revealed the artist, who used to compose accompanied by a guitar or collaborators. This time the songs came out spontaneously. “I recorded the melody on the phone while I was stopped at a traffic light,” said the artist.
His son Ricky and Camilo participated in the composition of five songs each. Many of the arrangements were made by the Venezuelan Yamil Marrufo. The second single from the album, “Porque Dios thus lo lo”, a song about a love of years that had the collaboration of Juan Luis Guerra, was achieved thanks to “an act of self-confidence” on his part, because it was sent to him suddenly to the Dominican artist, who has also been very vocal in his Christian faith.
The third, which accompanies the release of the album is “Estrellas en el piso”, whose video is launched this afternoon as a spearhead for a string of “videos” that will be released every half hour as the audiovisual component of the project. “They all have Marlene’s stamp,” Montaner said when talking about his wife, who directed the video for “Amen,” among many others.
The production and instrumentation reveal a very well cared for album, which shows the care to sound modern and sophisticated. Even the new version of “La gloria de Dios”, sung by Evaluna Montaner accompanied by the Prague Symphony Orchestra, is a surprise even though it is the third time it has been presented to the public.
Raised in a Catholic family between Buenos Aires (Argentina) and the Venezuelan city of Maracaibo, Ricardo Montaner converted to Christianity more than two decades ago. His first religious song was “La gloria de Dios”, which he later recorded as a duet with his daughter Evaluna as part of “Frequent Traveler”, his 2012 album.
Then came “Su luz” in 2014, part of the album “Agradecido”, where for the first time he included compositions with his younger children Mau and Ricky. For the rest of his artistic life, Montaner and his family have not been shy about their faith and in interviews, and more recently on social networks, they have been constant in talking about their beliefs. “We are like infiltrators in that medium in which these kinds of conversations are not common ”, acknowledged the artist. “I did not make this album because I am Mr. Faith. I am as fragile as anyone,” said Montaner, who hopes that the songs serve as an evangelizing tool and “allow people to come closer to God and receive the same relief as me.” . EFE News