The Ultra Music Festival drew an impressive 55,000 people per day this year during its three-day weekend at Bayfront Park in Miami, but more impressive was the number of Latinos who took part this year during several of the musical sets by world renowned DJs like David Guetta, Steve Aoki and DJ Snake.
On Friday night, as DJ Steve Aoki finished playing his remix of J Balvin’s global anthem “Mi Gente” that got the crowd jumping he switched the pace down a bit when he mixed in a Reggaeton music favorite as he introduced its vocalist, Mr. Daddy Yankee onto the Ultra main stage.
Aoki’s EDM fans quickly recognizing the catchy tune began to applaud and sing along with the man responsible for putting Reggaeton music on the map in the late 90s with his hit song “La Gasolina”.
Yankee belted out a portion of the song that made him a house hold name followed by one of his latest singles “Dura” ending his first-ever presentation in front of EDM fans with his current collaboration with Aoki, Play N Skillz and Merengue music singer Elvis Crespo “Azuquita”.
Crespo excited about his first presentation as well, said he is extremely grateful for the opportunity to crossover musical genres.
“Impressive I feel blessed!” said Crespo. “I feel grateful that I’m able to make this crossover in genre and generations really, I feel blessed for the opportunity to reach new audiences.”
On Saturday night during DJ Snake electrifying set he surprised his EDM fans when he brought out current Colombian Reggaeton singer J Balvin onto the stage to sing live his crossover 2017 summer hit “Mi Gente” followed by Balvin’s collab with Reggaeton brother Nicky Jam, “X Equis”.
This was J Balvins first ever performance at Ultra and when NBC6.com asked him how he felt about his performance this is what he answered.
Finally on Sunday when we thought we could not get anymore surprises, DJ David Guettas surprised everyone one more time when he introduced Becky G and Jamaican singer Sean Paul to perform their latest collaboration “Mad Love”.