Veteran Dominican singer and composer Luis Segura traveled on Tuesday to the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, United States, where he carried the Dominican flag and the flag of bachata, a genre in which he is considered “the daddy”.
At 82 years of age, “El Añoñaíto” is the oldest artist nominated this year for the Latin music award.
Segura is nominated in the category “Best Merengue and/or Bachata Album” for his album “El Papá de la Bachata, su legado (Añoñado I, II, III, IV)”, which he recorded with 40 colleagues from different genres.
“With nerves and great enthusiasm I am on my way to represent our Dominican Republic with dignity, just as in these more than 60 years of career, with the help of God, I hope I have done as our country deserves,” said Segura before boarding the flight.
Then he added: “Thanks to all the people who have accompanied me in this journey of life and eternally grateful for their great love”.
Luis Segura appears in the category “Best Merengue and/or Bachata Album” along with his compatriots Alexandra with “Bachata Queen”; Manny Cruz, “Love Dance Merengue”; Sergio Vargas, “Es merengue, ¿algún problema?”, and Fernando Villalona, with “Insensatez”.
“El Papá de la Bachata” thanked the 40 colleagues “who have accompanied me in this legacy and each of those who have been part of this project, who have done it with heart and soul”.
He also highlighted the diffusion and support of the media “that have backed my career”.
Segura presented four volumes of the musical collection “El Papá de la Bachata, Su Legado”.
The total production compiles in four discs 40 of his hits that were recorded in duet with an equal number of Dominican and foreign artists, who joined the tribute paid by the legendary Dominican singer and musician to the genre of which he is a pioneer.
The executive production of the four volumes was designed and directed by Wandro Quiroz, president of WQ Producciones, together with José Luis Segura, son of the veteran bachatero, and his family.
Meanwhile, the musical production of the legacy album was in charge of Edward Segura, the singer’s youngest son, who has played an important role in his father’s career for more than 30 years.
All of the tracks were mastered by the outstanding Argentinean sound engineer and producer Andrés Mayo, winner of international awards, including several Grammys, who together with Edward Segura gave the highest international quality to this collector’s album.
The emblematic musical compendium has been extracted from the vast production of more than 500 compositions recorded by El Papá de la Bachata during almost 60 years of uninterrupted artistic activity dedicated exclusively to the bachata genre, which owes much of its relevance among Dominican and Latin American audiences to this singer and composer.
The four volumes cover Luis Segura’s hit songs, composed between 1964 and 2014, and he has been accompanied in the interpretation by artists from three different generations.
The collaboration of 40 artists in the recording of the compilation of successful bachatas written, interpreted and recorded by the same author, constitutes an unprecedented event in the history of Dominican popular art and one of the greatest feats performed by any Dominican artist of all time, which becomes a Latin American record.