February 5, 2023

A review of Rosalía’s Motomami World Tour

Rosalía is a soon-to-be world-renowned Spanish music artist from Barcelona, Spain. She is most notable for the way that she sings Reggaeton by mixing pop and urban music; but, she is also most notable for the way that she incorporates her own version of Flamenco into her music.

These factors, alongside her three albums “Los Ángeles,” “El Mal Querer” and “Motomami” are what makes Rosalía something different–and this is why this most recent tour will be one to remember! 

Rosalía once said that “La música es un lenguaje en sí mismo, y las canciones tienen su propia alma, cada canción tiene su alma.” Which is translated to English as: “Music is a language in itself, and songs have their own soul, each song has its soul.

In Rosalía’s latest album, “Motomami,” she explores this statement in a multitude of ways through different songs like “Saoko,” “Hentai,” and “Como Un G.” Each of these songs, even though they are very different, all have different roles within the album.

The album and concert as one whole have given us a new perspective on ways that music today can become a part of the social and cultural parts of many people’s lives.

The Motomami World Tour started on July 6 in Almeria, Spain and made its way to the U.S. on Sep 15th. All of the shows leading up to this one were sold out and jam-packed with fans.

The first show in Boston was no different; even though the venue was small, the energy was still huge!

Rosalía showing off her skills in Flamenco. Photo taken by Carter Campbell.

The first three songs of the concert were “Saoko,” “Candy,” and “Bizcochito.” These three songs gave a great energetic opening to the concert.

Some great and exciting songs to follow were “Diablo,” “Despechá,” and, to end the concert off, “Sakura.” 

“Diablo” was probably the most interesting song of the night. Near the end of the performance, Rosalía sits in a barber chair, chops off her braids, and throws them out into the crowd. When this happened, I was right beside where the braids were thrown, and I was about tackled by the crowd.

This was just one of the many crazy interactions that Rosalía had with the crowd all night. From inviting people on the stage to dance with her, to joining the crowd to let them sing with her during “Yo x ti, tú x mí.” This concert was full of surprises left and right.

Personally, I have been to a total of five concerts in my lifetime, and none of them have been anything like this one. From the Flamenco to the storytelling of the music, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The concert as a whole was like a rollercoaster—you never knew where she was going to take you next, but it was full of exciting curves and turns on the way there!

Rosalía overjoyed with the energy of the crowd. Photo taken by Carter Campbell.

Overall, I think that my favorite part of the concert was just being able to experience Rosalía’s performance in person and being able to meet so many other people that enjoy her music just as much as I do.

The tour is set to end in the U.S. on Oct. 22 in Miami, Florida, and then it will make its way back to Europe where the tour will end in Paris, France. 

In conclusion, the album and concert have both made lasting impressions on how I, and many others, will see music and how it is performed. It will be interesting to see how much Rosalía will influence others in her field to change things up a little bit and start performing and creating their own personal experiences at their own concerts.

  • Carter is a junior art therapy and psychology major. He is involved with AMP, IFC, Alpha Sigma Phi and many other things around campus!

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