Reggaeton forefather Tego Calderon brings back his urban wit in “El Que Sabe Sabe”, an evolution of his musical and storytelling talent!
“El Que Sabe Sabe” a Gem for “El Original”
In the song that gives title to the album, Tego Calderon demonstrates he knows urban music without depending on a particular music category to make his art. Tego is a consummate storyteller, and is not afraid to use any mix of musical genres to get his message through.
In “El Que Sabe, Sabe” Tego had duets with Reggaeton star Don Omar (“Pastillita”) and with Pop artist Kany Garcia (“Y Quién Diría”), in songs with mixes of Merengue and Ballad respectively. He has previously worked with Bomba, Salsa, and other rhythms on his albums. Here, he works with everything from strait Reggae, Electronica, and obviously Reggaeton, which is a musical mix on itself.
“El Que Sabe, Sabe” has Musical and Lyrical Variety
I like how Tego approaches Salsa! His rendition o f “Para Los Pobres Soy” with pianist and bandleader Jose Lugo in the Banco Popular special “Sono, Sono” in honor of Tite Curet was right on, and I love his strait Salsa “Chango Blanco” included in his album “The Underdog/El Subestimado” (2006).
For his 5th studio recording, Tego Calderon provided 17 songs full of urban stories. He touches on sexual abuse on the duet with Kany Garcia in “Y Quién Diría”, the pursuit of education in “Por Bruto”, and plenty of “tiraera” (negative insinuations towards others) in “Estan Fritos”, “El Que Sabe, Sabe”, “Mamey” and others.
An Enjoyable Album
I enjoyed Tego Calderon’s “El Que Sabe, Sabe” mostly for his lyrical and musical artistry which keeps him as “El Original”. I don’t enjoy many reggaeton artists that just focus on putting down women as mere sexual objects and are full of sexual explicit language.
Calderon may occasionally use the women theme in his albums, and this one is no exception. His hit single “Dando Break” is about a situation in an “easy women” club, and the video that goes with it is very commercial. But his message is that you can end up paying a much higher price than you think in these places, due to getting sick or in trouble.
“‘Dando Break’ was one of those songs I didn’t put much effort into making it, and yet I was surprised it became such a big hit.” Said Tego with his habitual sincerity. “Sometimes you put a lot more effort to other songs and they don’t become as popular”.
Tego has a message of staying true his believes, and he has kept his music were the message has meaning and the music open to fit the urban theme.
Tego Calderon and Kany Garcia “Y Quién Diría”
Here’s Tego and Kany on one of my album favorites (BTW…it’s also Tego’s favorite song of the album as he said in a recent interview).