Univision / Bad Bunny
On September 20th, Bad Bunny performed the first virtual concert during the Coronavirus pPandemic on Hurricane Maria’s third anniversary. In houses, phones, and computers around the world, more than 10 million people were tuned in to see Bad Bunny perform on top of a moving bus through the streets of Washington Heights, the Bronx, and other parts of New York.
For those who haven’t heard about ‘El Conejo Malo’, he is a Puerto Rican Latin Trap / Reggaeton artist who bursted into the music scene in 2016 and quickly became a household name. Bad Bunny, or Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, often uses his music and platform to raise awareness and speak out on topics such as BLM, Puerto Rico’s political climate, and many other current issues.
He has collaborated with well-known artists such as Drake, Cardi B, J Balvin, and Daddy Yankee. He also performed at the 2020 Super Bowl alongside Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, and J Balvin.
Bad Bunny performed songs from his freshman, sophomore, and junior albums, as well as iconic remixes he was part of such as ‘Te Bote’ and ‘No Me Conoce.’ He brought out special guests (all from their separate stages) J Balvin for ‘La Cancion’ from Columbia, Sech for ‘Ignorantes’ from Panama, and Mora for ‘Una Vez’ from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The whole concert lasted just shy of two2 hours, and in between groups of songs, there were short interviews added where Bad Bunny talked about the process of creating the virtual concert, the political climate and voting, and about his growth, fame, newest albums, and how quarantine is going.
Even though the show was through a screen, people connected and shared their reactions, thoughts, and excitement through YouTtube live chats, Twitter, Instagram, and more. Even from home and in different time zones, everyone was connected and enjoyed this once in a lifetime event.
Although everyone is still in the midst of social distancing, that didn’t stop New York fans from running alongside the bus to watch Bad Bunny perform live right in their neighborhoods. In the end, the concert finished in front of the local hospital where Bad Bunny thanked all the essential workers and hospital workers who are sacrificing their lives to make sure we are all okay. He closed his concert with the absolute banger that is ‘Yo Perreo Sola,’ which has become a fan favorite.
Fans have expressed that what Bad Bunny did was desperately needed. Others on social media say it was amazing to see so many Latinos and others come together to experience this. Even though everybody is at home, it felt like fans were all in a stadium together listening to Bad Bunny perform live.
His concert was so influential and important since this was one of the first concerts that have happened since COVID first changed the world at the beginning of the year. The thought of such a big concert is unfathomable, but Bad Bunny found a new way to still bring the excitement, adrenaline, and joy that a regular concert would bring.
Not only was this a new way of performing concerts, but it also celebrated Hispanics. The concert took place five days after the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, and Bad Bunny did not shy away from appreciating and shouting out all the Hispanics and Latinxs. Especially for young Hispanics and Latinxs, Bad Bunny is an example of a new, more inclusive, better generation of Latinxs.
“It was difficult for me to do a concert without an audience. I didn’t want to,” Bunny said during the concert that aired simultaneously on the Uforia Music app and his YouTube channel. “But I’m accepting the new reality, and I hope people enjoy this. We need it.”