Argentine trap star Duki plays historic show in Spain 

The rapper sold out the Real Madrid stadium, placing Argentina’s most popular urban music on the world stage

Argentine star rapper Duki, who spearheaded the local trap scene, made history last Saturday as the first Latin American artist to pack the new Santiago Bernabéu stadium in Madrid. The 65,000 sold-out show is an international consecration of sorts for Argentina’s most popular urban music, a scene that has delivered artists like Bizarrap, Nicki Nicole, Wos, and Trueno.

“I have been there before, many times, playing for the visiting team, obviously,” said former FC Barcelona player Lionel Messi in a greeting video for Duki, the alias of 27 year-old Buenos Aires-born ​​Mauro Ezequiel Lombardo Quiroga. 

“Today you are going to be more at home than ever. So enjoy this; I wish you all the best,” added the Argentine football legend. 

NBA star Emanuel Ginóbili also sent his greetings in a video. “Keep representing all of us Argentines as you have been doing so far,” said the former San Antonio Spurs star. 

Duki kicked off his presentation with his hit Rockstar and performed more than 40 songs. The show also featured guest artists like Nicki Nicole and Duki’s former Modo Diablo bandmates, YSY A and Neo Pistea, who played songs like Quavo and Trap n Xport. Emilia Mernes also joined her boyfriend Duki for a rendition of Como si no importara

The 2 hour-show featured songs from his latest album “Antes de Améri” and also went through his entire music career, which he started in his teenage years rapping at the Quinto Escalón (‘Fifth Step’), a legendary Buenos Aires battle rap that went on between 2012 and 2017 and ushered in a whole new generation of urban music artists.   

Grammy winner Bizarrap joined Duki near the end for a new version of Malbec and their BZRP Music Session #50. “Let’s hear it for the Duko; we are all here thanks to him,” he said. The grand finale came with an intense performance of his 2018 hit, She Don’t Give a Fo

“I owe all of this to my people, my fans, who always let me be myself. I feel like the freest person in the world,” Duki said in a press conference before the show, where he was visibly emotional about the current stage of his career.

Duki’s Bernabéu gig was part of the European stint of his Ada Tour, which will now take him to France, Italy, Germany, and the UK. He is expected to close the year in December by performing at the Buenos Aires Trap Festival, the birthplace of Argentine trap, which will also feature shows by stars like Cazzu, Khea, Neo Pistea, Bizarrap, and Nicki Nicole, among dozens of others.


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