Karol G’s “Bichotella” set at Coachella on Sunday night showcased the young Latin star’s magnetism in an electrifying arena-level performance.
“Next stop – Coachella!” could be heard as the reggaeton and Latin trap singer took the barrio-themed stage, adorned with the words “Tusa” and “Bichotella.” Blue wigs flooded the rows of delighted fans who watched Karol serve every line through a smile that remained throughout her hour-long set.
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Dressed in an all-denim bodysuit (a Coachella trend, adopted by Megan Thee Stallion the night before) and diamond hoop earrings, Karol G was joined by more than a dozen dancers who worked on stage theatrically throughout the performance, but setting the pace as the singer kicked off with “El Makinon”.
In true “Bichota” fashion, Karol stopped mid-show for a photo with her audience, saying, “Hoy es día de brindar, porque los sueños se cumplen, porque estoy aqui compartiendo con ustedes, y lo mas important our vamos in tomar [el shot] for love.
In English: “Today is the day to raise a toast, because dreams come true, because I am here to share this with you, and above all, we will take [the shot] out of love,” she said before the spiky corrido-style guitar riff from “200 Copas” moved on to the next number.
Karol brought in two special guests: Dutch DJ and producer, Tiesto, who joined her on the Coachella stage for a performance of their bilingual dance track, “Don’t Be Shy”, and later, Becky G appeared for a surprise performance of their female empowerment anthem, “Mamii.” With Karol at the bottom of a massive staircase and Becky at the top, the two met for a hot dance and ended their song with Karol coming out early for her next outfit change.
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Saluting those who paved the way for mainstream Latin pop artists, a visual appeared on giant screens offering a musical timeline of influential hit songs, starting with the year 1953 and Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” followed by Santana’s 1970s classic “Oye Como Va” and Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine’s 1980s hit “La Conga.”
Reappearing in a yellow, blue and red two-piece – in tribute to his home country of Colombia – Karol boasted: “Tonight I feel so happy and so proud to represent my country and my Latina community. worldwide. Now I just want to have a moment in my show to honor the Latin songs that were number one in the world but never played on this stage – but they have the opportunity here.
As the screens behind her projected legendary scenes from Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla (whose 50th birthday was April 16) – Karol continued her tribute with a cover of “Como La Flor”.
Karol g singing como la flor de Selena at Coachella was everything pic.twitter.com/bDYHxhk5qD
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She then followed with “María” by Ricky Martin, “La Macarena” by Los Dos Rio, “La Vida Es Un Carnaval” by Celia Cruz and “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee – making it the second time that “Gasolina” is honored with a Latin tribute to Coachella, the first being J. Balvin’s groundbreaking 2019 Coachella set.
She also paid homage to Shakira’s worldwide hit “Hips Don’t Lie” with her dancers appearing in the airy white outfits that Shakira’s dancers regularly wore during her performances of “Cumbia De Colombia!” Karol ended the medley with cultural shapeshifter Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” and “Mi Gente” by J Balvin and Willy Williams.
Leaving Latin America and Colombia at an all-time high, Karol’s gender-blurring Coachella set closed with Nicki Minaj’s track ‘Tusa’ – which she finished atop the platform , letting out a triumphant laugh.