On Friday (Jan. 19), J Balvin delivered what so many of his fans had been anxiously waiting for: the DJ Chuckie and ChildsPlay-produced “Machika,” featuring Brazilian singer Anitta and Aruban newcomer Jeon.
After weeks of teasing cryptic soundbites and images, Colombia’s native son debuted his highly anticipated follow-up to the worldwide No. 1 hit “Mi Gente.” Balvin gathered a community of global music influencers and brought them to the mountains of his hometown of Medellin, a post-apocalyptic scene made for something like a war-cry.
“[Collaborating] with Willy William and then Beyonce helped internationalize my music but without departing from my culture, which I hold close to my heart. I am very excited about following up that success with ‘Machika’ — working with a truly international team of collaborators that stretches from Brazil, Afro-Caribbean and European EDM. It continues to bring the sounds of reggaeton into a global music environment,” he said of the new record, in a statement.
Given the cultural background of Jeon and Chuckie, the word “Machika” is presumed to mean “smash” in the Papiamento language, a creole dialect spoken in Aruba.
J Balvin will make his first public concert performance of “Machika” on Saturday (Jan. 20), when he headlines the annual Calibash Concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Feast your eyes on “Machika” below.