Viva Friday: Listen to the Best New Latin Music This Week By Ozuna & Tory Lanez, Shakira & Maluma and More
Roberto Carlos, Pedro Capó, Bacilos and Chancha also have new music.
Viva Friday! The best new songs of the week have arrived. This week, Shakira and Maluma surprised fans with a new collab called “Clandestino” and Ozuna joined forces with Canadian rapper Tory Lanez to drop “Pa Mi.” Also, the Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos is back with “Regreso,” the first Spanish-language song in 25 years.
Viva Friday is a compilation of new songs, albums and videos recommended by our editors Suzette Fernández, Justino Aguila, Judy Cantor-Navas and Pamela Bustios.
Shakira, Maluma - “Clandestino”
Shakira and Maluma's "Clandestino" is the third song that the superstars have released together. The song has might just be the Latin song of summer, due to the catchy rhythm and emotional lyrics describing the passion in a clandestine love. The single was written and produced by Shakira, Maluma and Latin Grammy winner Edgar Barrera. -- SF
Tory Lanez, Ozuna - “Pa Mi”
Tory Lanez and Ozuna’s “Pa Mi” is a fresh and danceable song that mixes the soft rhythms of reggaeton and Caribbean sounds. The song reflects how Spanish-language music has become so popular. It contagious rhythm and lyrics also help the song to be a great summer hit. -- SF
Roberto Carlos – “Regreso”
Brazil’s chief singer-songwriter Roberto Carlos is back with “Regreso,” a tune overflowing with nostalgia. It's also the first single from his upcoming Spanish-language album. With subtle arrangements, a striking piano accompaniment and his trademark gentle vocals, the song serves as a humble return involving a journal of hopeful memories. Reckoning on his homecoming, the Brazilian waves a white flag while reciting verses tinged with longing. -- PB
Sky, Ozuna, J Balvin - "Karma"
Sky made his debut as a singer with his new song "Karma," with Ozuna and J Balvin. The single was released with a music video, directed by Nuno Gomes, which tells the story of a couple who fight and right after the man finds a car that takes him through time remembering the beauty of the relationship and even sees what happens in the future. The lyric is very romantic, something unusual in the urban genre. -- SF
Chancha Vía Circuito - "Llaló"
Chancha Vía Circuito’s spiritual electronica goes beyond Nu-Cumbia to reclaim indigenous Latin American music. Pedro Canale, the Argentine DJ and producer behind Chancha, is a pathfinder who first hypnotized musical explorers in the early 2000s with his referential yet experimental stylings. On “Llaló,” from the new album Bienaventuranza (out June 8), he joins fellow dance-floor shaman Mateo Kingman, from Ecuador, to show that respect for what came before us will never get old. -- JCN
Pedro Capo - “Las Luces”
Stepping into social reality grounds, Puerto Rican Pedro Capo dismisses any sign of subordination on “Las Luces,” a hymn of survival and outright drive. Though the song delivers a hard-hitting message with its lyrics, it takes hope by the hand, aiming for a clear ideal in which respect for our ancestors, the land, self-power and individual rights equally cohabit. -- PB
Bacilos - "Adicto a Ti" (Addicted to You)
The Bacilos charm continues with the release of the new pop/tropical single "Adicto a Ti," an upbeat track themed around a broken heart as told by the Grammy-winning group in their signature and whimsical style. Jorge Villamizar, J.J. Freire and André Lopes are currently at work on their fourth studio album, set for later this year. -- JA
Los Angeles Azules - Esto Sí Es Cumbia
After their Coachella debut earlier this year, Mexico's Los Angeles Azules are shining brighter than ever. Their new album Esto Sí Es Cumbia is pumped with the band's brand of electrifying cumbias with featured performances by Gloria Trevi, Pepe Aguilar and Miguel Bosé, among others. Let this be a soundtrack for the summer. -- JA