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Karol G | Live at 02, London

As Karol G's Mañana Será Bonito Tour arrives in the UK, we head to London's O2 Arena to witness the Latin superstar perform all the hits at her sold-out show.

The show that took place when Karol G performed her sold-out show at London’s O2 Arena can only be described as a colourful explosion of pure talent. It was a display that brought London’s South American community to celebrate in complete form, as it brought her Mañana Será Bonito Tour across the pond.

As Karol emerged from below the stage, the crowd was electrified. She was a vision in her sparkling body suit, and the excitement peaked as she opened the show with her Shakira-featured hit “TQG” before launching into “BESTIES.” 

The show was a unique blend of her discography, showcasing the diversity and range of her musical offerings. Divided into four sections, it was a journey through her pop numbers, up-tempo reggaeton flavours, and even a few acoustic moments. But what set it apart was her interaction with the audience, making everyone feel like a part of the show. 

Karol was joined on stage by a six-piece all-female band of musicians who were well-versed in all the instruments they played and then some, as well as a dance crew who contributed to the energy on stage with their synchronized moves and high-energy routines. The show’s production also brought this to life with her stage design consisting of inflatables as colourful and vibrant as the story and themes of the album contained. A runway, a circular stage, allowed for moments where she and her band and dancers could deliver more intimate moments and just be closer to the audience altogether. Allowing the audience to participate, each member had an LED wristband whose colours changed according to the songs and moments, creating a visual harmony. 

Standout moments included “BICHOTA / EL MAKINON”, “TUS GAFITAS”, and “200 COPAS”, which was accompanied by an accordion and acoustic guitar.  “Cairo” “MI EX TENÍA RAZÓN”, not to mention the moment where she played the Leona Lewis sampled “CONTIGO”, which had wristbands across the O2 flashing blue. 

For a first-time attendee like myself, the show was a delightful surprise. The 2-hour long performance felt like a never-ending party, with moments of high energy and acoustic sets to bring the mood down. The show ended on a high note, with the audience still buzzing even after it concluded and people were making their way to North Greenwich tube station.

Seeing the global power of what has been described as the Latin explosion in the flesh was a real testament to the love and pride that the artists and their audiences have for the music that has come from the continent. Even as somebody who is not a Spanish speaker, there is no denying the love and South American pride that was present in the room. Fans from all over came with their flags, representing the talent that united them in the magical power that was Karol G. 

Words by Seneo Mwamba

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