Ever since kicking off his music career over a decade ago, Lenny Tavarez has established himself as a singer-songwriter known for his sultry melodies, sugary tender voice, killer dance moves, and for the most part, explicit lyrics.
Now, he’s giving fans a taste of his sensitive side in his latest single, “La Mujer Traiciona,” featuring the 17-year-old upcoming artist Beéle.
Taking a stand against domestic violence, “La Mujer Traiciona” narrates the story of a woman who is unfaithful as a result of the physical, mental and emotional abuse from her partner.
“If a woman doesn’t feel protected and doesn’t feel loved, she will most probably betray her partner,” Tavarez tells Billboard. “This song was born with the need to give women a weapon to say ‘yes, I failed you but it was your fault.’”
Recent statistics by the National Domestic Violence Hotline reported that “on average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States,” which is why the Puerto Rican artist brought up this important social issue.
“Not only do we want to raise awareness but we want to make it clear that domestic violence is a problem,” he says. “Above all, we want to empower women not to give up and to seek help if this is happening to them.”
Directed by Laura Castellanos, the music video shows the heartbreaking storyline of a woman who is a victim of abuse but in the end, leaves her toxic relationship. The closing frame shares the phone number to National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233.
“It was incredible to film this video during the pandemic,” Tavarez says, explaining that Beéle filmed his part in Bogota, the actors were filmed in Medellin, and he filmed in Miami.
For his new track, which is a tropical dancehall with Afrobeat melodies, Tavarez teamed up with Beéle because he admires his incredible voice and clarity on his sound. “I’m really happy to have him on this song. I like to vouch for the newer talents.”
As for the best advice he can offer to men and women in this situation? “It all starts with self-love,” he says. “If you give your partner an environment of love, your partner will respond with the same. Men, don’t ever lay a hand on a woman for any reason and women, be smart! Many times men give the wrong signals from the beginning.”
“La Mujer Traiciona,” which was produced by Dimelo Flow and King Swifft, forms part of Lenny’s upcoming studio album Krack, which includes collaborations with Nicky Jam, Rauw Alejandro, Cazzu, Anitta, and Natanael Cano, to name a few.
Watch the music video below.