Long before the Rolling Stones headlined Havana, making music in Cuba was a grind for Alexander Delgado, founder of reggaetón duo Gente de Zona. "I'd get on my bike with an assistant and pedal him 12 miles to the studio, which used egg cartons for sound insulation," he says. "It took us an hour to get there. He was very short and very fat!"
These days, Gente de Zona -- Delgado, 36, and Randy Malcom, 32 -- jets around the world on private planes. In 2014, just as relations between Cuba and the United States began to thaw, the pair had a record 41-week run atop Hot Latin Songs with Enrique Iglesias' "Bailando," on which they're featured. On April 22, Gente finally released its U.S. debut, Visualízate, on Sony Music Latin and Magnus Media, which is owned by Marc Anthony, who signed Gente after Pitbull brought the pair to his Miami house in 2015. "They were some of the most charismatic guys I'd ever met," recalls Anthony. "I just heard the future of music."