Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Draco Rosa will release on March 19 his new album "Vida" (Life), on which he performs his greatest hits along with friends and colleagues such as Ricky Martin, Alejandro Sanz, Juan Luis Guerra and Shakira.

"I feel very fortunate to be part of this because ... they are recording my songs. For me it's a dream made into reality," Rosa said Thursday in an interview with Efe.

The singer, a cancer survivor, will also be joined on the album by other great figures in Latino music including Romeo, Andres Calamaro, Mana, Marc Anthony, Jose Feliciano and Calle 13.

The recording of the album helped him greatly to get through his cancer treatment, since it encouraged him to "continue with my desires and energy of life," he said.

"It is called 'Vida' because I'm very happy to be alive. After two years of the disease, on Dec. 31 they confirmed to me that I was cancer-free," he said.

The first song to hit the market is a new version of the hit "Mas y Mas" in a duet with Ricky Martin, with whom he shared one phase of his musical career when both were part of Menudo. EFE