The Boricua singer talked to us about his new album, Soy (I Am), his record label, and the new phase in his life

By People Staff
June 23, 2008 12:55 PM
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The wait is over. Víctor Manuelle is back with Soy (I Am), an album in which he collaborates with Luis Fonsi, Tego Calderón, Noel Schajris and Amaury Gutiérrez. This album, put out by his record label, Kiyavi Records, promises to inundate the airwaves and the dance floor this summer. The 38-year-old Puerto Rican crooner, winner of the prestigious Golden Note award from ASCAP, founded his own record label last November because, after 15 years of experience, he was ready to “take charge.” Ki-ya-vi combines the names of his three children: Kinaysha, 10, Yanishka, 9, and Victor Jr., 11, because he dedicates his work to them. “They’re God-given angels,” says the single dad. “They are three uniquely bright kids with good hearts.” In addition to being able to leave this legacy to them, he’s also motivated to create more songs and more hits.

Hits like “Yo No Sé Perdonarte” (I Don’t Know How to Forgive You) and “El Amor es un Casino” (Love is a Casino), from his most recent album, which is already on sale. Although it’s usually women who find the clues that reveal infidelity – a lipstick stain on his shirt or a phone number written on a piece of paper –, in “Yo No Sé Perdonarte,” the first single from this disc, the roles are reversed and it’s the man who must assess forgiveness.

“It doesn’t come from personal experience, thank God,” admits the salsa star. What he has experienced, like many of his fans, is what he sings about in “El Amor es un Casino,” a duet with Reggaeton rapper Tego Calderón.

“The song says that falling in love is like playing roulette. You bet on love, and you don’t know if you’re going to win or lose,” the artist explains. “But like a good player who becomes addicted, you always come back to the game. You always keep falling in love.”

And, speaking of matters of the heart, while his ex-girlfriend Roselyn Sánchez, prepares to marry American actor Eric Winters, Víctor Manuelle is more focused on his work and kids than ever, but he hasn’t closed the door on love. “Everything’s calm and quiet right now. I’m in a really relaxed phase, analyzing everything,” said the star about his love life, adding, “I’m sure there are good things yet to come.”