Last weekend (April 8-10), Sech kicked off a series of three sold-out concerts at Puerto Rico’s biggest venue, the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, or “El Choli,” as it’s known. more commonly among locals. With 45,000 tickets sold, he became the foreign el movimiento artist with the most tickets sold in this venue. Descending from a rocket to a 360-degree stage, democratizing the show for all to see and featuring a live band and grand piano, Sech delivered an incredible opening concert that lasted nearly two hours. . Performing many past and recent songs, such as “Si Te Vas” and “Borracho”, the Panamanian star kept people on their feet and dancing from start to finish.
When he announced the name of these concerts, “Mi Sueño”, Sech mentioned how important it was for him to perform in El Choli. It’s the same enthusiasm that non-Puerto Rican artists like Karol G and El Alfa expressed when they also performed there on their tours. In el movimiento, there’s this belief that putting on a show in El Choli means you’ve made it – if you can make it, you could make it anywhere. Great stalwarts of the genre like Daddy Yankee, Wisin & Yandel, Arcángel and many others have sold several concerts there and contributed to the resignification of this space as one of the greatest goals of a reggaetón artist. For Sech, having sold out three shows that Puerto Rican audiences — who can notoriously be very hard to impress when it comes to reggaeton — really appreciate him and his music.
Sech kept the audience spellbound throughout the evening with simplicity: pure talent and great music. He kicked off the show by playing grand piano for the song “Otro Trago” and brought out an acoustic guitar for other tracks. Later, he included a drum battle with his brother, which ended with a plenero (a percussion instrument used in Plena, a traditional music genre from Puerto Rico) and people shouting “Yo soy Boricua, pa ‘ que tú lo sepas”.
While he used this moment to give Puerto Rico its due, it’s equally remarkable how proud Sech is to represent Panama, with flags displayed all over the visuals and sharing the stage with others. other Panamanian artists like Mach and Nando Boom. There was a particular thrill to see these artists performing at El Choli considering the arc of the origins of reggaeton. The connection, acceptance and joy the crowd projected when these performers took the stage confirmed the deep appreciation for their historic contributions that led to this moment.
Using visuals, he revealed a story of his life in Panama, the hardships he had to overcome and what motivated him to scramble to get where he is, what he has it took to achieve his dream. Sech’s inclusion in the world of reggaetón is very significant and necessary. Panamanian Spanish reggae is one of the most influential elements in the creation of reggaetón, and it is a black man who represents and achieves an Afro-Caribbean musical genre that is essentially black but whitewashed by the minute. Sech represents the essence and the feeling of belonging of this music.
A fan who attended the concert, Norangely Feliciano, agreed that the storytelling elements about his life and tribulations were a unique addition that made the night even more personal. “The story of the stolen speakers was really sad; it made me want more. I wanted to know how he continued to pursue his dream,” she shares. Feliciano also attended his first show in Puerto Rico in a smaller venue, which for now allowed him to contrast and acknowledge the singer’s growth in the years that followed.
There was no doubt in his devoted fan’s mind that Sech cares about providing the best experience possible, and he didn’t pass up his first chance to headline at such an iconic venue. It was a night where the past and future of reggaeton intersected in a way that unfortunately doesn’t happen often enough. But the enthusiastic reception from the crowd hopefully opens the door for more artists to embrace the idea of a more inclusive genre. And for Sech, having dominated this stage, he has proven his role in today’s talent sphere and can start dreaming even bigger than before.