J Balvin played a major concert in his hometown on Saturday (November 30) at Anastasio Girardot Stadium in Medellin, Colombia, with a list of guest performers including Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny, Prince Royce and Willy William – but what may have been the Most remarkable moment of the night had nothing to do with music.
Balvin had a moment in between presentations to talk at length about the political and social situation in Colombia, where thousands of people marched last week to demand government and social change. The reggaetonero usually makes no political pronouncements, and he recognized this at first.
"I tried to be prudent and they called me lukewarm," he began. “Until I arrived in Medellin, I got in touch with my land, I heard people in my neighborhoods… I don't miss anything anymore, but I have had and understand the situation that the young people of this country are going through. If they are marching, it is because something is not right … we need to be heard. "
Like other artists who have been more politically frank in recent months, Balvin also recognized the growing influence social media has given him.
“I never thought that, after being an artist, I would become the voice of the people,” he continued. “And it is true that sometimes we have so much power that we are heard more than any president… (the country) needs support. with education, with health. We are tired of the violence. "
The speech ended with a moment of silence in memory of the three people who died as a result of the protests.
Watch the full speech below.