Brazil and Colombia. Funk carioca and reggaeton. Anitta and J Balvin. Two extremely successful Latin American singers from the new generation who are building their international careers have come together for an engaging tune to liven up dancefloors – Anitta sings in perfect Spanish, even though it’s not her native language.
The song was written by Violeta Parra, a pioneer in Chilean folk music and, therefore, one of the most acclaimed artists in the country. In this version, equally important acts Mercedes Sosa, from Argentina, and Milton Nascimento, from Brazil, come together to sing about a “tender love” that “turns an old man into a child.”
The turn of the millennium is a milestone. Fleeting, of course, but also cultural. In 1999, Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana released the album Supernatural with successful collaborations. “Maria, Maria,” “Smooth,” “Put Your Lights On”... And the undisputed hit “Corazón Espinado,” a collaboration with his fellow countrymen of Maná which won two Latin Grammy Awards.
Mix the beat of tango, several musical instruments, and musicians from Argentina e Uruguay. Add Mexican singer Julieta Venegas’s hoarse voice. Serve hot. The melody already existed. The verses sung by Venegas were added later, verbalizing the dancing feeling aroused by the electronic beats.
The Colombian star embraced reggaeton. And brought a fellow countryman with her. Maluma is building his career in Latin America, just like Shakira did in the 1990s. This collaboration resulted in a dancing song that has over 2 billion views on YouTube.
In this song, the Chilean artist raps verses between the chorus, sung in unison with the Uruguayan musician. The artists collaborated on another song, “Universos Paralelos,” which won the Latin Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 2014.