Bad Bunny had made history as the first-ever Latino solo artist to headline the Coachella music festival on Friday night, only to end on a bad note due to the technical glitch that occurred during his duet with Post Malone. Everything was running smoothly in the extravagant show full of elaborate stage designs and documentaries that paid tribute to the music history that inspired him until Post Malone stepped in stage left with an acoustic guitar in hand. As the duo began to play Bad Bunny’s “La Canción”, Post Malone’s guitar started sounding choppy and staccato due to a failed microphone. Despite their attempts to fix the technical difficulties, the show started to lose steam, and Post Malone left the stage leaving Bad Bunny to close out the first night of Coachella 2023 without any more technical difficulties.
Bad Bunny confidently showcased his charisma and remarkable hit songs, including “I Like It,” and “Si Veo a Tu Mamá,” where he remixes the classic song “The Girl From Ipanema.” Between songs, the Puerto Rican artist spoke predominantly in Spanish, explaining his uniqueness as “Nunca antes hubo uno como yo” or “Never before has there been someone like me.” He also paid respects to the numerous artists and musical styles that influenced him and blended to inform his opening headline act for the festival.
In spite of the disappointing ending to an otherwise brilliant show, Bad Bunny still made history as the first solo Latin artist to headline Coachella. His set serves as a symbol of breaking barriers and paving the way for more Latin artists to perform on this grand stage. We can only expect that his impressive Coachella debut is just the beginning of more historical performances to come.
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