Comprised of three young and talented boricuas –two of which hail from the Bronx, NY– you could say that The DEY has filled an empty space in music. In an era where music marketed to latino teens seems dominated by reggaeton, Divine, Elan y Yeyo dishes out a mix of refreshing rhythms that range from traditional U.S. Hip-Hop and rap to cumbia, salsa, son montuno, and a bit of bolero. That’s why their debut album, The DEY Has Come, which comes out the first week of July offers “a mixed sound that changes a lot throughout the disc,” says Yeyo.
And to prove it, you only have to listen to tracks like “Bendecida mi nación”, accompanied by the band of Puerto Rican salsero, Marc Anthony. This homage to the island of enchantment combines son montuno with salsa, and a touch of rap. The hip-hop song, “Why, por qué,” is highlighted by the strong strokes of a violín. “Give You the World” – inspired by R&B group Earth, Wind and Fire’s “On Top of the World” – is a rap and R&B hit. “We’re really proud of having been able to include different types of genres [on this disc],” says Yeyo.
Click here to listen to “Give You the World”
The group speaks the language of youth. Their songs are in English and Spanish alike, with some that include several languages at once. But their music doesn’t only appeal to a teen tastes. Divine is sure that the songs will “resonate with everyone in the world, from kids to older generations,” since “our music is not dated; it’s influenced from the past, the present, and the future.” And it’s no surprise, considering that the band’s favorite artists include legendary Cuban singers Celia Cruz and La Lupe; Puerto Ricans Hector Lavoe; Ismael Rivera and Willie Colón; Jamaican rastaman Bob Marley; the Spanish Gipsy Kings; and Americans Patti LaBelle and Stevie Wonder.
Although the band is new on the scene, they’ve already wet their feet in the large pool of the music industry. Divine, who was once a member of the Afro Cuban band Yerba Buena, penned the band’s popular hit “Guajira (I Love You Too Much).” Elan was a back-up singer for Frankie Negró and the Neyorican group DLG. After the band broke up, she went on to accompany singer Huey Dunbar. Lastly, Yeyo developed a career as a DJ, singer and composer.
Moreover, this album comes with the seal of approval given by prestigious producer JR Totem, whose worked with a roster of stars including Jennifer López, 50 Cent, Destiny’s Child, and Rihanna, among others.