“Perfume”: Chavi Leons’s melodies are bringing back the classic Dominican bachatas
The narrative of the song is carefully accompanied by the intensities of the guitar bases. It is a formula that he listened constantly during his childhood
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Lovers of traditional bachata can celebrate. This genre enjoyed a boom in recent years with the appearance of artists such as Romeo Santos or Prince Royce, or even with the successful hit "Bailando" by Enrique Iglesias and Gente de Zona, which despite being based on this genre of Caribbean origin incorporates more modern sounds.
Now, Chavi Leons, born in the Bronx neighborhood of New York but with Dominican roots, grabbed the classical guitar with strength and talent to sing some addictive chords in his new single “Perfume”, where he describes a love affair with a neighbor that captivates his gaze, and that awakens an uncontrollable temptation beyond his wife.
"By your perfume, you captivated my innocence and I fell in love, honey perfume, that sweetens my soul with your simplicity, I want to return quickly and inhale another dose of your skin, that perfume, woman that you made me, it is difficult to be far from it”, he sings in a chorus accompanied by backing vocalists.
The narrative of the song is carefully accompanied by the intensities of the guitar bases. It is a formula that he listened constantly during his childhood, in a home where bachata was his soundtrack. He also was influenced by the vitality of his land: "Listening to so many personal experiences of the Dominican Republic made me see how life is inspired by art."
The singer and guitarist will soon present his new single at SOB's in New York. It will be on Saturday April 16, in a performance along Riela and Dj Carlito.
The fresh and different bachata of Leons received a boost when Romeo Santos, probably the main reference of the genre, shared a clip to his 18 million followers with a performance by the young promise from the Bronx, along the message “the boy has talent".
Many consider him as one of those that will continue to export this traditional Latin genre to the mainstream. In fact, Rosalía based her “La Fama” on a traditional bachata base, in that powerful video clip accompanied by The Weeknd.
At just 19 years old, Chavi Leons ranked number 37 on the 100 Best Latin Songs list with his debut single “Madrugada”. With his single “Otra vez” he has already shown that he knows how to treat romanticism with delicacy, in lyrics full of vital experiences, using an elaborate and original language.
His fans refer to him as "the bachata relay." His energy and passion contrast with his tough childhood, marked by violence, poverty and uncertainty in a neighborhood on the outskirts of New York plagued by marginality and crime. Despite the difficulties, his passion for music made him believe in the future.
As some explain, when he was just a kid he began to sing songs in Spanish and English at family events, and was influenced by various genres such as salsa, reggaeton, merengue or hip-hop. The pillar of this young promise continues to be his family and his community, which keep him strong and inspired to continue growing. His dream is to lead the new generation of bachata musicians, and make a positive impact on young people growing up in marginal environments.