Reggaeton Star Yandel Celebrates Going Solo With HBO Latino Special
"They told me I couldn't make it as a solo artist,” Yandel says to VIBE. “But here I am."
Reggaeton sensation, Yandel, and half of renowned Puerto Rican duo, Wisin Y Yandel, premiered his first solo concert, Yandel: Legacy - De Líder a Leyenda Tour, with HBO Latino on Friday night (April 10).
Yandel, né Llandel Veguilla Malavé, arrived prior at the red carpet marveled and ready to commemorate his solo career with an exclusive screening of the documentary. “This is a dream come true,” Yandel said. “I think 2014 was a year of sacrifice and a time to show fans what I was really made of. Tonight is the culmination of that year in which I worked so hard for everything I have now.”
Hosted at New York City’s Center 548 on Tuesday (April 7), music critics and reporters flurried about as the 38-year-old delved into the making of the film.
“You’ll get to see me travel throughout Puerto Rico, from San Juan to Bayamon,” he said. “There's a lot of emotions involved, as you’ll get to see me interact with my family. You'll also get to see different artists make commentary on my career and what exactly it took for me to prepare for this very night.”
Since the pair split back in 2013, both members have released solo material. Yandel’s first solo LP, De Lider a Leyenda (from leader to legend), debuted at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums and spent a total of 13 weeks at No. 1 on the Latin Rhythm Albums chart.
“All I know is that I’ve had to work that much harder and doing so gave rise to a lot of amazing things,” he added. “They told me I couldn’t make it as a solo artist, but here I am.”
On the heels of his first concert tour, Yandel shows no sign of stopping. “There's power in believing. If you want something, you have to fight for it. If that means waking up before everyone else and doing what know one else will, so be it.”