Watch Isabela Merced Bring Her Peruvian-Influenced 'Papi' Music Video To Life: Exclusive

Sami Drasi
Isabela Merced

On November 6, Latinx singer Isabela Merced premiered the music video for her single “Papi,” an urban-dance anthem for the woman who has self-respect and likes to take things nice and slow. “Never gonna call you papi/ Even if it makes you happy,” she sings on the catchy chorus. 

The video, which currently has over five million views, puts the spotlight on Merced’s Peruvian roots, including a modern twist to the traditional Peruvian dance called Marinera and the devil masks worn by her dancers, which represent the Diablada. 

“Different elements of my Peruvian culture, from the coast to the Amazons, are incorporated into every aspect of my music, wardrobe, dancing, and storytelling of my videos,” Merced, who was born in Ohio to a Peruvian mother, said in an official statement. “I want to introduce everyone to the rich culture of my family’s heritage.” 

In the official behind-the-scenes video, premiering exclusively on Billboard on Tuesday morning (Nov. 26), fans can enjoy how the entire production came to life, from the dress rehearsals to the meaning of the “diablito” masks to Merced executing her Peruvian-inspired street outfit.

Merced was formerly known as actress Isabela Moner, who starred in many films such as Dora in the 2019 Dora and the Lost City of Gold. “Papi" kicks off her career as a solo musician under the name Isabela Merced — a tribute to her grandmother Yolanda Merced and her Peruvian heritage.

Watch the first look of “The making of ‘Papi’” below:

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