Since Descemer Bueno emerged from behind the scenes of Enrique Iglesias’ hits and became known internationally through 2014’s global smash “Bailando,” the Cuban singer/songwriter has been turning out singles, collaborating with Puerto Rican pop singer Olga Tañon, Argentine artist Luciano Pereyra and Cuba’s Leoni Torres, among others.
Still, Bueno’s fans have been waiting for the new album he’s been working on for the past two years.
Coinciding with a tour of Cuban cities last month, Bueno announced the completion of two new recordings, which together, according to Descemer’s conversations with members of the Cuban press, make up a double album of 20 songs called Cuerpo y Alma, (Body and Soul).
The recordings feature songs with Spanish artists Rosario, Estopa, Beatriz Luengo and Tamara, Colombian pop singer Jorge Villamizar, Mexico’s Belinda, and Cuban artists Gente de Zona, Carlos Varela and Issac Delgado.
The 45-year old artist has led something of a double life professionally. He’s been an in-demand composer for Iglesias and other Latin stars since coming to Miami in 2000. But his career as a performer never took off in the U.S. Latin market, despite having released albums on Universal Music Latino and Capital Latin.
In Havana, Bueno was well-known as part of a movement of talented young singer-songwriters and as a producer before going to Miami, and he never stopped returning to his native city to perform and record. Today, as a solo artist, he is one of Cuba’s current biggest stars.
Acknowledging this duality, Bueno’s two new recordings have two different concepts, according to an interview with the artist published in OnCuba Magazine. “Alma is more for Cuba,” he said. “Because this is a country that allows for people to listen to songs…there is time to put on ballads, or songs that international radio doesn’t pay much attention to, songs with content. And that results in an audience that appreciates content and musicality.”
He described the other album, Cuerpo, as consisting of “songs that are for dancing to and enjoying at night, [in] all of those genres that are for nightlife; what U.S. Latin radio might pick to play.”
Bueno did not specify a release date for the double album.