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Daddy Yankee Dedicates New Song to Don Francisco During Return to Madison Square Garden

by Erika Benton-Martin   Sep 24, 2015 19:09 PM EDT

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This past weekend, Daddy Yankee performed via satellite on Sábado Gigante’s final show and took the opportunity to dedicate a new song to Don Francisco as the reggaeton star made his big return to Madison Square Garden.

Although Yankee wasn't able to actually perform live for the commemorative episode of the longest running Spanish-language variety show on television, he made sure to put on a very special performance for the show and its host, who gave him his first opportunity to perform on national TV.

 "Don Francisco was the first person who gave me a shot on national television. I’ll always be indebted to him," Yankee told Billboard.

He streamed a performance of his new song, “Vaivén.” Other performers for the night included Shakira, Juanes, Gloria Estefan and Enrique Iglesias.

As for Yankee's real live performance, fans had been waiting for him to come back to New York for a decade. He performed at Madison Square Garden for first time back in 2005 after “Gasolina” became an international hit.

Now that he's satisfied his fans on the East coast, Yankee is prepping for a special concert in Los Angeles. Earlier this month, he announced a one-night only concert with Prince Royce, Yandel and more. As previously reported, the concert, slated for Oct. 17 at the Staples Center, will include performances by Natalia Jimenez, Arcángel and Plan B as well.

In August, he also shared plans to tour with Don Omar for the next two years. The 60-date tour is slated to kick off on December 5 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The partnership also includes a joint album and a TV show for the two artists. A complete itinerary for Yankee and Omar's tour, billed as The Kingdom, has not yet been revealed.

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