As a songwriter, Descemer Bueno has a history of Latin hits that include his Enrique Iglesias collaborations, “Bailando” and “Subeme La Radio.” While his voice was featured in those songs, and he had cameo roles in the accompanying videos, it’s in the video for “Nos Fuimos Lejos,” the new single with Iglesias and Cuban rapper El Micha, that Descemer emerges as a leading man for an audience that so far has included almost 11 million YouTube viewers.
While for some, seeing Bueno as a performer is something new, his many fans in his native Havana have long recognized him as one of Cuba’s most talented artists.
Bueno will be the subject of the Sony ATV Iconic Songwriter Q & A on April 24, which will take place during Billboard’s Latin music Week at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, where he will talk about his new writing and recording deal with Iglesias and Sony, and his dual career as a songwriter and singer in Havana and Miami.
As a warm up, we’ve compiled a sampling of performances by Bueno that show why it’s time he is widely recognized, not only for his work behind the scenes, but for his presence on the stage. Watch them all, and you may be wondering why you never knew.
“Tus Luces Sobre Mí,” from Bueno’s 2012 solo album, titled Bueno.
Performing his song “Preciosa” with Eliades Ochoa (of Buena Vista Social Club fame).
“Quedate” with Cuban pop-rock band Moneda Dura.
“Ojos Negros” with Kelvis Ochoa, a frequent collaborator from Havana’s close-knit singer-songwriter scene.
Performing his song “Sé Feliz,” which was a highlight of the movie Havana Blues.
“Mueve” is from the 2005 album Siete Rayo – the eponymous debut of a band Bueno formed in Miami that, in retrospect, was before its time.