HBO is bringing out seemingly every A-lister in the book for its upcoming Latin music special The Latin Explosion, which will chart the history and cultural impact of Latin artists in the U.S. going back to the 1950s.
The first trailer, out now, opens with Mr. “Livin’ the Vida Loca” himself, Ricky Martin, pointing out that “the U.S. is the second-largest Spanish-speaking country in the world” to images of Romeo Santos and Pitbull performing for sold-out stadiums, and including Marc Anthony’s “Vivir Mi Vida.” Adding a “Boom!” for effect, Martin’s soundbite segues into an interview with Jennifer Lopez. “It’s our time,” she says, seconds before Gloria Estefan chimes in, reminiscing on the times when record label execs asked her to change her name because it was “too difficult to pronounce.”
How times have changed. But as The Latin Explosion aims to show, Latinos’ lasting impact on American culture goes beyond entertainment. Aside from Latin music superstars, in the trailer we see images of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and hear from Hollywood powerhouse/activist Eva Longoria.
John Leguizamo narrates the doc, executive produced by Tommy Mottola and also featuring José Feliciano, George Lopez, Rita Moreno, Shakira, Thalía, Sofía Vergara and more. Enrique Iglesias, however, is noticeably absent.
The Latin Explosion airs Nov. 16 at 9 p.m. on HBO.