Following the fantastic formula that vaulted Enrique Iglesias‘ “Bailando” to 2014 Latin song of the year, Marc Anthony has teamed up with Cuban reggaeton duo Gente de Zona for an all-ages track accompanied by a euphoric dancing-in-the-streets clip shot mainly in Havana.
The new video was directed by Cuban Alejandro Perez, who’s responsible for the 900-million viewed “Bailando” clip, and it again it artfully showcases Cuban dancers. Roclan Gonzalez, choreographer for the Cuban Television Ballet, also repeats his role, enlisting dancers from his contemporary dance company Ballet Revolution for “La Gozadera” with their bodies painted with the colors of Cuban, Puerto Rican, and other Latin American flags.
According to production notes from Sony Music Latin, footage of Anthony was shot in the Dominican Republic, not in Cuba. If that is true, the Nuyorican salsero and known Cuban music fan missed out on a hell of a fiesta during the making of this video in Havana.
Following a tropical music lyric tradition, “La Gozadera” calls out a list of countries from the Spanish-speaking world, inviting everyone to join the party. The happy show of Pan-Latin spirit pretty much guarantees the song’s international popularity.
The video is as much a promo for Cuba as it is the song. It starts out with a traffic jam of classic cars before erupting into a dance that will teach everyone some easy Cuban salsa moves. True to the title, “La Gozadera” is music for a good time, whether or not your summer plans include a vacation in Havana.