The scene at Movistar Arena on July 16 looked a lot like 1992 and the crowds were filing in for a fabulous night of nothing but the best of contemporary dance music. Several DJ sets were scheduled to set the mood for the night’s protagonists: Belgium’s Technotronic and support group King Africa (see photos).
Photo by Matt Bostock
The arena was set like an elaborate nightclub, with a giant LCD screen flashing effects and silhouetting a DJ who was spinning everything from Spice Girls to C + C Music Factory. The wings of the stadium were cut off with black velvet and two smaller LCD screens flashed alternating shots of the performers and eclectic crowd.
After about an hour, the arena’s floor was packed with people moving to the pumping music. Then the music stopped, the lights dimmed and a different DJ took the stage. All eyes were up front as a Michael Buffer-esque voice boomed from the speakers introducing the celebrated star King Africa, who ran onstage with two dancers to kick of the night’s first performance.
His set was a lively mix of his top hits and the crowd seemed to love every minute of it. The highlight, “Salta,” got the crowd going and kept it jumping with another hit, “¡Todo Chile esta bailando!” that provided a new take on the catchy chorus and song namesake, “Todo Mundo Esta Bailando.” The Latin-American pop star was greeted by a loud reception as he tore it up in his white tracksuit.
The King done, another DJ took the stage again to provide filler music between sets. Since this was after all, a pop/dance show, the audience did not stop dancing. The 90s greatest hits kept the excellent vibe around. Tunes such as “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls caused a roar of celebration.
Half an hour in and the 90s retro stopped, lights faded again and a spectacular bass beat introduced two mildly energetic performers on stage: Ya Kid K and MC Eric, original protagonists of Technotronic. The crowd gave a hero’s welcome as they danced through hits like “Move That Body” and “Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over).”
Ya Kid K and MC Eric exchanged verses while moving around stage and commanding the arena to move their feet. The incessant fans moved in a wave of energy. Then “MC Eric” prompted the crowd to “Pump It Up!”
The iconic opening beats caused a tsunami of fanatic cries. Even the bartenders in the VIP section were moving. The song that brought Technotronic to international fame caused a massive celebration that ran through the set until they performed an encore of “Pump Up The Jam” with renewed gusto.
The night was a giant party. The music boomed and the performers seemed half surprised at the reception and half grateful at the following. The atmosphere was fantastic for those looking for a nostalgic release of the “Body Roll” or “Roger Rabbit” dance moves.