And onstage he definitely tries his best to keep it that way. After barely showing an inkling of emotion or ego during a two-hour conversation, Mr. Haka lit up the stage at La Liga Contra el Cáncer's annual benefit concert June 5 at the Coconut Grove Convention Center, an event that also featured Albita and Gilberto Santa Rosa. Wearing an oversize red polo shirt, a black "305" fitted cap over a white do-rag, and matching silver earrings, he delivered his raps while strutting from side to side without missing a beat. He encouraged the crowd at the venue and those at home watching on Telemundo to keep making donations, all the while gesturing with his arms and bouncing to the music.
Mr. Haka's animated performance is miles away from the sober and calm rapper who submitted to an interview days before. But even then he had warned he has plenty of star quality: "Being up onstage is like being right at home for me. There's nothing better."
Latin rapper Mr. Haka is a long way from Florida-Camagüey