The cold November New York did not scare the public of the Atrium of Lincoln Center, one of the spaces that manages one of the most important private cultural institutions of the Big Apple. More than three hundred people of different nationalities, in a hodgepodge of Anglos, Peruvians, Puerto Ricans, Cubans and some Canarian residents in Manhattan, approached 63rd Street to enjoy a band and a singer, Mestisay and Olga Cerpa, who gave feeling and joy throughout his show.
The language was not a barrier for English speakers, a loyal public of the many activities that the Lincoln Center hosts daily, because the Canarian singer is an artist with capital letters and knew how to take those who were present in her concert to a state of complicity that did not decay during the whole performance.
This singer is a woman with a scenic force that drags you towards her, with an exquisite vocalization and a throat that makes us dream of her distant islands, which we imagine as warm and beautiful as her voice and physical presence. Cerpa is accompanied by a band of musicians with a very accentuated acoustic concept, full of colors of Spanish guitars and a powerful ethnic percussion. They stand out in a special way, for their virtuosity, the young guitarist Hirahi Afonso, who also played the typical Canarian instrument, the timple, in a masterful way; and the saxophonist and clarinetist, Juan Carlos León Mosco.
Everything is set in an instrumental delicacy that helps the singer to give away jewelry to rhythm of ballads, which sound like Havana songs or songs with rabid refrains. Many of the assistants of Latin origin felt comfortable and represented in the sound and the songs that Olga Cerpa and her band presented throughout the concert, with songs ranging from the melancholy of Atlantic environments to the joy of rhythms that had African colors mixed with American accents.
The end of the concert was a festive sandunga: the audience dancing and singing, standing up and obeying the generous delivery of Olga Cerpa and Mestisay, who brought a world of colors and life to Manhattan. A Puerto Rican compatriot, a follower of these canaries, remembered what a jibarito said: "We wallow in the mattress of joy watching that first-class show". Congratulations to the managers of the Lincoln Center and the Word Music Institute of New York for having encouraged to know live these excellent artists, beautiful ambassadors of their land, in these parts.