02/25/2013 10:10 am ET

Robi 'Draco' Rosa Talks Life Post-Cancer And New 'Vida' Album

Draco Rosa's upcoming album, "Vida," due March 19 on Sony U.S. Latin, features duets with 16 top Latin artists (including Shakira, Maná, and Romeo Santos) performing new versions of songs from Rosa's ethereal alternative-rock catalog. It's the kind of star set that can guarantee radio success and singles sales -- just the type of record that Rosa, who during a two-decade solo career has been called the "vagabond poet," never thought of doing until he had cancer.

"This wouldn't have happened if I had not fallen ill, that's for sure," says Rosa, 43. "I would never have done duets because these collaborative things are always some record guy calling you. It just didn't seem genuine."

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