As a female artist of Cuban heritage, Danay Suárez‘s musical lineage can be traced back to Jamaica and its reggae roots. A fierce MC and dulcet singer at once (a lá Erykah Badu meets Lauryn Hill), Suárez is poised to become the dominant Spanish-speaking female singer in the reggae world. (Not to be confused with reggaeton.)
Relentless in her own conviction, she approached reggae royalty Stephen Marley about collaborating on a song that would live on her critically acclaimed second album Palabras Manuales, for which she earned four Latin Grammy nominations, in the categories of album of the year, best new artist, best alternative album and best new song.
Hesitant at first to join an artist he was hardly familiar with, Suárez won Marley over by presenting him with her discography, which — for the uninitiated — is steeped in Cuban hip-hop and reggae aesthetics. “I showed him my music, and I think that was what convinced him we were in the same musical line,” she says in a statement.
Today she releases a proper visual for the Latin Grammys best new song contender “Integridad,” featuring Marley. The song received a Miami-based Filmheads (Jose Sagaro) treatment, and it sees the pair responding to a higher calling, backdropped by an element signature to Danay — the ocean. Watch here.