Bachata singer infuses MacEwan Hall with romantic lyrics

More than 930 bachata lovers gathered at MacEwan Hall Feb. 15 to see the American artist Geoffrey Royce Rojas, better known as Prince Royce, perform.

Bachata is a mixture of song, dance and music from the Dominican Republic.

It is a rhythmically strong melody and is considered a very sensual dance because of the waist and lower body movements.

Geoffrey Royce Rojas, better known as Prince Royce, makes his first appearance on stage smiling and singing Ven Conmigo (Come With Me). The crowd immediately stands up from their assigned seats and tries to reach closer to the stage.

Photo by Michelle ThomasRoyce came out on stage, and the euphoric crowd started singing along to his lyrics.

His simple outfit — pink shades, white jacket, and black shirt and pants — old-school hairstyle and voice made the crowd jump and yell “Te Amo,” which means “I love you” in Spanish.

Royce performed songs from his past album, as well as recent singles Incondicional and Las cosas pequeñas from his bachata album Phase II.

Phase II was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the best tropical fusion album category in 2012.

Born to Dominican parents, Royce was born and raised in the Bronx where his love for the music arts started.

Local talent Tactical Flow performed before Prince Royce hit the stage.

Once they finished, Royce’s band was set to go. Lighting effects and a video streaming in the background brought the bachata veteran to light.

Royce spoke to his excited crowd in both English and Spanish after finishing his last song for the night.

“Gracias Calgary, I love you,” said Royce.

But the crowd was not finished with Royce, as fans kept yelling “Otra! Otra! Otra!” — meaning “Other! Other! Other!” — hoping for an encore performance.

Royce quickly stepped on stage and sang the track Corazon sin cara (Heart Without a Face) from his first album.

After the concert, Royce spent some time with his fans and event organizers backstage.

mthomas@cjournal.ca

Latin Grammy nominee Prince Royce celebrates the bachata in Calgary

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