Salsa great Willie Colón has collaborated with everyone from Celia Cruz to David Byrne in his storied career. And the 59-year-old Nuyorican musician is still churning out the hits. He recently teamed up with Bogotá native Fonseca to record the song “Estar Lejos” for the Colombian’s Gratitud Edición Especial album.
The legendary crooner was attracted to the Fonseca-penned tune because “it had swing,” he said. “I was very impressed and happy with the work we did together. He has a lot of talent, not only as a composer but as a singer.” The duet was a dream come true for the younger artist. “From the moment he said the first phrase of the chorus, I got teary-eyed,” said the 30-year-old. “To hear such a legendary voice within a song that I wrote is very emotional.”
The black and white video for the track was filmed in New York and features the singers in the studio. Clips of the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park and Times Square are spliced in between. It’s a moody heartfelt piece with some kick—especially when Colón chimes in with his famous trombone. Check it out.