Vaya Con Dios is (in contrary to what the name suggests) a quite successful Belgian band. Back in the nineties, their gypsy jazz music quickly conquered Europe, and the latin feel to some of the singles ( Nah Neh Nah, Puerto Rico) even gave them some success in Latin America. Ten years ago singer Dani Klein quit the music business ("too stressful"), but now a greatest hits album was released, accompanied by a little gem of a single: Pauvre Diable. Die-hard reggaeton fans will recognize the melody and lyrics, because in fact "Pauvre Diable" is a French-language cover of Don Omar's major hit Pobre Diabla.
It's a complete style shift compared to their previous work, but I love this song. They kept the original bachata feel, but without the electronics and synth beats, giving the song more authenticity. And of course Dani Klein's hoarse voice is a great addition. Or maybe I'm a bit personally biased here: "Pauvre Diable" lays a link between my two home countries, Belgium (I heard loads of Vaya Con Dios in my kid years) and Guatemala (where I discovered Don Omar and Pobre Diabla).
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Vaya Con Dios - Pauvre Diable
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