Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Draco Rosa entertained his compatriots with his first solo concert since he was cured of cancer, accompanied by guest artists Ricky Martin, Juan Luis Guerra, Juanes, Enrique Bunbury and Calle 13's Residente.
Rosa, wearing a long sleeved white shirt, black vest, black pants and black-and-white shoes, kicked off his performance at the Jose M. Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan with one of his best-known numbers, "Brujeria."
The ex-member of Menudo continued with "Lie Without A Lover" and "Luchar Por Ella," which being largely instrumental let the artist show off his dancing style like the total rocker his fans know, cheered on by the 12,000-strong crowd at the concert.
Rosa, born in New York 44 years ago of Puerto Rican parents, overcame a cancerous tumor in the abdomen near the liver, which he fought for almost two years with treatments in the United States. Last Dec. 31 he got the news that the cancer was gone and he was home free.
Many of the artists who collaborated on his 2013 CD "Vida" (Life), released two years after his cancer diagnosis, also joined him onstage Friday night in Puerto Rico, including Juanes, Guerra, Martin and Bunbury.
That disc won Rosa the prize for Album of the Year at the Latin Grammys, and, as he told Efe at the time, it was a psychological help in fighting the cancer.
The "Draco and Friends" concert was the first of two that the artist will offer this weekend at the Jose M. Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan, where he last performed in 2012 with Ruben Blades and Juan Luis Guerra.
On that occasion, Rosa looked thin and bald because of the chemotherapy he was getting, but after being cured, his physical appearance also recovered. EFE