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J Balvin Pays Tribute To Salsa Legend Joe Arroyo

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Colombian superstar J Balvin premiered his music video and urban version for "La Rebelión" paying tribute to Salsa icon, Joe Arrroyo.

"We put together two musical generations with this beautiful project," J Balvin said to Billboard. "With [producer] Sky, we looked for the right color to make a trap version of Arroyo’s best hit.”

"The fact of being able to represent Colombia for me is a great responsibility, I enjoyed it very much," Balvin concluded.

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The famous and original "Rebelión" song, tells the story of an African couple who were brought by Spanish slave traders to Latin America.

Arroyo combined the styles of his native Cartagena (calypso, merengue, salsa) and showcased the incredible variety of African styles that exist in Colombian music, such as champeta and porro.

According to Billboard, Alvaro José Arroyo, died the morning of July 26 in 2011 in Barranquilla, where he had been hospitalized for various ailments, including kidney failure and heart problems.

His death drew tributes from Shakira, who appeared in concert with Mr. Arroyo; and Juanes, who often performed the Arroyo hit “La Noche” in concert.

Check out Joe's "Rebelión" and tell us what you think about Balvin's version full of festive visuals and fresh beats.