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Miami, September 21 (EFE) .- Raphaël is not thinking about retirement and is “happy” with his next album, “Victoria”, which contains eleven “songs” by composer Pablo López, one of which will be released when he receives the Billboard Award Artistic Trajectory next week in Miami, according to Efe.

His first public performance of the single “De tanta gente” on stage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards will be a gift for his audience and for those who have decided to reward him for his long and successful career in music.

In a telephone interview from Madrid, Raphaël, 79 and 60 on stage and in the studio, said he was grateful for the many awards received, but above all enthusiastic about “Victoria”, which he recorded between Madrid and London and which will be published in The following November preceded by two singles.

“I deserved a great album like this”, he says to Efe without sparing his praise for Pablo López, a thirty-year-old composer and new to his career, to whom he made “a lapidary commission” after following his traces for several years and gave him the “yes” without hesitation.

A “lapidary” commission

“I asked for an entire album, not a song, and let’s see how we do,” said Raphaël, who has sold more than 70 million records and is part of the small group of uranium record holders. (over 50 million sold), alongside Queen, AC/DC and Michael Jackson.

Raphaël underlines that lately it has not been so easy for him to find a great repertoire.

“At some point I kicked and many wonderful songs came out to my liking,” he says with a certain melancholy and fondly mentions Manuel Alejandro, the author of many of his greatest hits.

The singer Raphaël in concert
The singer Raphael in a concert. EFE / Carlos Ortega

When asked if the quality of composers has diminished, the one who was known in his early days as “the child of Linares” does not fall into criticism, but rather attributes it to the fact that it is difficult to please someone like him, then a perfectionist and at the same time with a very marked style.

“These are other times”, “everything changes”, is his response to questions that imply that any past time was better.
He points out that the current trend of releasing a large number of singles in “little pills” before the album does not go with him. “I think it’s taking things too lightly, and I’m more energetic,” he says.

“Victory”, his new album

From “Victoria” only two songs will be released before. The first, “From So Many People,” in about two weeks.

Before, on September 29, he will go on stage at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables (Miami-Dade) to receive an award that Andrea Bocelli, Armando Manzanero, Carlos Santana, Emmanuel, José José, Juan Luis Guerra, Los Lobos have already received before. , Maná, Marco Antonio Solís, Miguel Bosé, Paquita la del Barrio, Ricardo Arjona and Roberto Carlos, among others.

As an artist who prides himself on “being in good health” and active in his profession, Raphaël will also take the stage to sing during the gala which will be broadcast on Telemundo and thousands of people will see the unreleased “De tant de people” and some of his greatest hits, including “Yo soy qué”, “En carne viva” and “Mi gran noche”.

At 79, Raphaël is not thinking about retirement and is full of projects and also a few mysteries.

His next tour with the album “Victoria” will begin in April, about four months after the current one, titled “Raphael 6.0” as the album of his 60-year career, ends in December in Madrid.

In between, he has a project that he only mentions is similar to the “so beautiful” documentary they made for him.

Raphaël does not think about his retirement: “it’s very far”

Born in Linares (Jaén) in 1943, Miguel Rafael Martos Sánchez, universally known as Raphael, was a pioneer of the romantic ballad in Spanish which, with his unique voice and interpretive style, transcended cultural boundaries. and geographical.

The Billboard organization and the Hispanic channel Telemundo, when announcing Raphael’s award on September 1, said that “he will be honored for his exceptional professional career and his artistic and personal contributions which have influenced the development of the Latin music in the world”. .

Asked about his “victories” in reference to the title of his album, the singer says he has “a lot”: his family, his friends, getting along with his fellow artists, the affection of the public and a ” career”. wonderful 60 years.
“I don’t know about other artists, but it’s true for me when I say I don’t want to retire. One day I’ll stand up and say ‘so far’, but that’s a long way off “, he says.

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