Venezuelan-born duo Mau y Ricky closed out the Doral Food and Wine Festival on Nov. 11. The songwriters coming into their own as artists had a chance to showcase both of their worlds in a set that included the Mau y Ricky hits as well as the smashes they wrote for other acts. The real-life brothers fed off each other's energy and put on an intimate and animated show.
Mau y Ricky is comprised of brothers Mau and Ricky Montaner, the sons of famed Argentinean singer Ricardo Montaner. Last year, the duo was nominated for Best New Artist and Song of the Year as co-writers on Ricky Martin's "Vente Pa' Ca" (Come Here) at the Latin Grammy Awards. Thanks to their foray into reggaeton music with Karol G on "Mi Mala" (My Bad Girl) at the tail end of 2017, the guys hit their stride and they have been on the rise since then. After penning hits for other artists, Mau y Ricky now have a few to their own name.
As locals living in Miami, Mau y Ricky were the perfect choice to close out the 3rd annual Doral Food and Wine Festival. Many of their fans came out for the show as well as friends and family in the area like their father, the elder Montaner. The two bounced around the stage opening with their Sebastián Yatra collaboration "Ya No Tiene Novio" (Don't Have a Boyfriend Anymore). They followed it up with the just as frisky "Mal de la Cabeza" (Headache) and the sensual "22."
The next section of Mau y Ricky's show was a sight to see as they performed the songs they had a hand in writing for other artists. The guys sounded great singing Karol G's alluring "Pineapple," Sofia Reyes' Spanglish kiss-off anthem "1, 2, 3" and Martin's massive "Vente Pa' Ca." Mau y Ricky is also responsible for one of this year's biggest hits, Becky G and Natti Natasha's "Sin Pijama" (Without Pajamas), that had the whole crowd singing along with them.
Mau y Ricky's latest hit is "Desconocidos" (Unfamiliar Ones) and when they performed this one, they brought out a very special guest, Camilo Echeverry, one of the song's featured artists and co-writers. Like the duo, Echeverry is getting used to going from songwriter to artist on the stage so when he would slightly retreat, Ricky was there to playfully push him to the forefront. "This next song opened many doors for us," Mau said in Spanish while introducing "Mi Mala," the fitting finale to the Montaners' impressive repertoire.