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Influence: Caribbean , Latin American
Genre: plena
3 times in the Global Top 40
About "EN LA BATALLA "
It's a composition, arrangement, and production by Caymmi Rodríguez (director Atabal) and David Marrero. Inspired by a plena chorus created by Kily Vializ (Boricua Y De Mayagüez) the song expresses a tiradera or lyrical battle, a rivalry between the plena groups from various parts of Puerto Rico.

"En la Batalla" is the result of a collaborative meeting of four singers from four different towns on the island: "Kily" Vializ of "Boricua y de Mayagüez" (Mayagüez), Gabylon Negrón -"La Juntilla" (Morovis), Tito Rodríguez -"La R", (Levittown), and Caymmi Rodríguez for Atabal (San Juan).

The tiradera is not only between the singers, but also between the requinteros (hand drum players) of each group. As Caymmi explains, "each requintero measures himself to the other as playing the role of fighting cocks. From there, a cadence and flavor are created that can make anyone dance." The requinteros who participated are Kiriko (Boricua and Mayagüez), Josué 4Life (La Juntilla), Yoko (La R) and Víctor Emmanuelli (Atabal).

The song was released accompanied by a video where all these musicians participate. It was recorded by Giova Film at the Club Gallístico de San Juan. Actors George S. Duran Rivera "Scottie" and Joksan Ramos also participate. Other musicians collaborated as extras backing up their favorites.