Gente de Zona poses in the press room during the Billboard Latin Music Awards at Watsco Center on April 27, 2017 in Miami, Fla.
After touring at length with mentor Marc Anthony and touring solo in both Spain and Latin America, Cuban group Gente De Zona will embark on its first-ever U.S. tour.
The 20-date Visualízate Tour, titled after their album of the same name, kicks off August 9 at the Hollywood Bowl and wraps up September 10 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. The group will play major and secondary markets, including New York, Boston and Miami as well as Charlotte, North Carolina, and Fresno, California. Tickets will go on sale June 23 at 10 a.m. local time.
Gente de Zona, made up of Randy Malcolm and Alexander Delgado, gained notoriety in 2014 when they were featured on Enrique Iglesias’ global hit “Bailando” and became the first-ever Cuban based act to top Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart.
The duo effectively opened the door for music from Cuba-based acts — as opposed to exiles — to finally have a prominent place on the Billboard charts. Since their debut, eight of Gente de Zona’s singles have made it onto Hot Latin Songs charts, with three of those — including “La gozadera” with Marc Anthony, reaching the top 10 of the chart.
Perhaps more importantly, Gente de Zona’s mix of reggaeton and Cuban beats, which many call “cubatón,” ushered in a slew of other Cuban acts into Latin mainstream consciousness in the U.S. and abroad. With Gente de Zona as the leaders of the movement, SBS launched the country’s first-ever “Cubatón” station last year in response to the music’s popularity.