Beatriz Luengo bares it all in an intimate concert special filmed in Habana, Cuba, premiering Friday (Feb. 12) on HBO Latino.
The second installment of the HBO concert series “Havana Street Party Presents” — filmed before the global pandemic — not only includes live performances of Luengo’s Cuerpo y Alma album, but also taps into personal stories and empowering anecdotes as told by the Spanish singer-songwriter.
“Prior to the tour that was expected to start in 2020, I started making this documentary as a way to show my fans what my show would be like and as a presentation for those who don’t know me,” Luengo tells Billboard.
Of her 2018 album, she explains “cuerpo” (body) are the songs she composes on top of beats, for artists such as Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Wisin, Yandel. “Alma” (soul) are the songs she pens for organic instruments, for artists such as Reik, Thalia, Ha*Ash, Alejandra Guzman, and Ricky Martin.
“This concert is an opportunity to show how a woman has managed to become a songwriter in such a difficult industry,” she says.
Filmed at the doors of an ancient castle in Habana for a select group of local fans, Luengo’s special guests include Manuel Medrano, Farina, Blas Cantó, and Orishas. She’s accompanied by a gospel choir, string quintet, and live DJ throughout the show.
For Luengo, it was important to bring her concept to life, fusing melancholy with modernity, the past with the future.
“We created a very special ambiance,” she says. “I feel that it is a way of projecting and giving hope, showing the Cuban youth all the advanced technology, such as mapping. The entire production has a very strong message for me. Cuba deserves the best.”
Meanwhile, Luengo is making the rounds with the Yotuel and Omar Montes-assisted “Rebelde,” which has become a viral sensation on TikTok with its vogue-meets-flamenco dance. “It exploded!” she expresses. “The TikTok videos are giving me life, all the outfits, and concepts. I love to see how your music can generate a person’s creativity or simply have fun.”
“Havana Street Party presents Beatriz Luengo” premieres at 9:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 12 via HBO Latino and streaming on HBO Max.