Colombia has become the central place of origin that the biggest and brightest Latin music talent has come from in recent years. The country is home to superstars like J Balvin, Maluma and Karol G. Sebastián Yatra and Manuel Turizo are two promising artists among this exceptional group and they have teamed up for a co-headlining U.S. tour. The guys' countrywide trek hit the Microsoft Theater in L.A. on Oct. 21. Their mix of reggaeton and Latin pop music had the full-house moving. Both acts on the rise rose to the occasion and gave fans a worthwhile two-for-one show. Here are five of the best moments from the Yatra and Turizo doubleheader.
5. Brotherly love
Manuel Turizo writes and records music with his older brother, Julian Turizo. Manuel sings and raps while Julian plays the ukulele on his brother's hits like "Una Lady Como Tú" (A Lady Like You) and "Esperándote" (Waiting for You). The two looked like they were having a blast together onstage, especially when Manuel let out his infection laugh. And it wasn't just blood brothers. The Turizos had their longtime producer Zenzei, someone who they consider like family, playing the beats in the background of their performances.
4. The greatest showman
Sebastián Yatra seemed to take notes from the books of major Latin pop stars like Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony and Ricky Martin with his incredible stage presence. Singing only with his band, he used all the space around him to jump, dance and bounce around. Yatra's high-energy made his hits like the Mau y Ricky collaboration "Ya No Tiene Novio" (Don't Have a Boyfriend Anymore) and the bilingual World Cup anthem "Love" all the more playful and powerful. For "Devuélveme El Corazón" (Return My Heart), his open shirt billowed in the wind as he sang his heart out.
3. Microsoft Theater unplugged
For almost every song in his set, Manuel Turizo made sure the audience knew his songs if they didn't already by taking moments at the end of each one to sing them acoustically. The reggaeton beats would fade and Turizo would slow things down with Julian and go unplugged briefly to flex his sultry vocals. Manuel's smash hit with Ozuna, "Vaina Loca" (Crazy Thing), had the crowd echoing his acapella intro and "Culpables" (Guilty Ones) was the perfect heartbreaking ballad for such a stripped-down approach. The Turizos are a truly talented duo.
2. Rock and roll with it
Sebastián Yatra amped up the sound of the songs from his Mantra album and his hit collaborations with a live band that took them to the next level. Like the previously mentioned "Love" and "Robarme Un Beso" (Steal a Kiss from You), his Latin Grammy-nominated single with Carlos Vives, those songs in particular were even more anthemic with the bigger, heavier sound behind them. Sebastián was a reggaeton rock star in absolutely electric performances. He even played the guitar while belting the beloved "No Hay Nadie Más" (There's No One Else).
1. Up close and personal
While performing all their hits, both Manuel Turizo and Sebastián Yatra were not afraid to get as close as possible to their fans. There was a moment where Yatra stepped off the stage to walk through a frenzied crowd and he went to the edge of it to sing songs like "Tracionera" (Traitor) and "Sutra" to his fans below. Manuel sat on the corner of each side of the stage to croon "Culpables" while surrounded by girls who were taking videos and snapping selfies. Sebastián and Manuel did their best to acknowledge the fans no matter where they were in the venue and thanked them often for all of their growing success.