SAN JUAN – Puerto Rican artist Ricky Martin said Tuesday he wanted to tour Asia in the future, days before he’s due to embark on his latest world tour.
Martin, known for hits such as “Maria” (1995), “Livin’ la Vida Loca” (1999) or the more modern “La Mordidita” (2015), said he would like to return to the world’s largest continent following his latest “Movimiento Tour.”
“We start in Puerto Rico in February, we’re going all over Latin America. God willing we’ll go to Europe in the summer… I want to go to Australia, I want to go to Asia, there’s lots of work to do there,” the artist said in an interview with EFE.
Martin performed in Agra, India, in 2006 and in Tel Aviv and Beirut last decade.
The artist also urged his audience to “go out,” speak and express itself in the face of any injustice, alluding to the political and social situation in Puerto Rico.
“This is what I urge the public: that when there is some kind of injustice, whether in the classroom, in the neighborhood, in town, in the city or in the country, to go out and talk and express themselves,” Martin said.
The artist, who also revealed details of his new world tour, played a central role in last summer’s protests that led to the resignation of then-governor Ricardo Rossello for his link to a scandal that led to a political and social crisis on the island.
Now Martin has turned to the Internet again to denounce the current president of the island, Wanda Vazquez, for the hundreds of children who the artists said sleep in tents in the territory, as a result of a December earthquake.
“Thousands of children sleeping in the street, I can’t keep quiet. We are going to work very hard,” Martin told EFE in between his rehearsals for the three acts he has in Puerto Rico – Feb. 7 through Feb. 9 – to start “Movement Tour.”
Martin’s words were also portrayed in the songs “Sing it” and “Sharks,” the first two singles of what would be his next album, which still has no release date or name.
“The good thing is that I have no secrets and everything is documented. I simply speak when I feel there is some kind of injustice,” he said.