Viva Friday is a compilation of the best new songs, albums, and videos recommended by Billboard Latin editors.
On this week’s playlist, check out the new collaborations that will keep you dancing the rest of 2018 and into 2019, including Piso 21 with Micro TDH, Wisin & Yandel with Maluma, and El Micha with Wisin. There are also a couple of new albums that music lovers might want to keep on their radar.
Check out this week’s Viva Friday playlist below.
Piso 21, Micro TDH – “Te Vi”
Piso 21 has done it again: restored our faith in love with their music! The Colombian group presents their new single “Te Vi” in collaboration with Venezuelan hip-hop and reggae artist Micro TDH. Produced by Ovy on the Drums, “Te Vi” is an urban pop fused with catchy dancehall and reggae melodies. Paying tribute to its romantic lyrics, the colorful music video was filmed in Medellin, Colombian, highlighting the chemistry and good vibes that happen when you fall in love at first sight. — JESSICA ROIZ
Wisin & Yandel, Maluma – “La Luz”
Wisin & Yandel went all out with their comeback this year, returning as “El Duo de la Historia” after a 5-year hiatus. In addition to announcing their 2019 U.S. tour, the urban twosome has presented their new single “La Luz,” fresh off of their new album Los Campeones del Pueblo “The Big Leagues.” The song is in collaboration with Maluma, who during the 2018 Latin AMAs ‘fessed that working with the Puerto Rican duo was a career dream come true. In true Wisin & Yandel fashion, “La Luz” is a catchy reggaeton track, geared more towards that raunchy, old-school melody. — J.R.
El Micha, Wisin – “Mala Mala”
El Micha has teamed up with Wisin to give a new twist to his beloved Cubaton. The Cuban artist and Puerto Rican star present “Mala Mala,” the first single off of El Micha’s highly-awaited debut album Mokongo. The catchy tune, which also has light flairs of rock music, is a song about a man who’s in love with a “bad girl.” In the playful music video, directed by Pedro Vázquez in Miami, we see El Micha trying to conquer his next door neighbor, who in the end, surprises him in many ways. — J.R.
Orkesta Mendoza – La Caminadora
Orkesta Mendoza’s new EP is a holiday cocktail party gift for those who do Christmas on the dance floor. The group, led by Sergio Mendoza, brings its wry cumbia beats, psychedelic tinges and brassy soul to Javier Solis’ “Sombras,” the Colon/Lavoe classic “La Banda,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk,” and “La Caminadora” and “Cuando Yo Lo Conoci” by cult 1960s Cuban group Los Zafiros. — JUDY CANTOR-NAVAS
Sergio George, Tito Nieves – Una Historia Musical
Just in time for the holidays, Sergio George and Tito Nieves, two of the biggest names in tropical music, present Una Historia Musical. The twosome has teamed up to keep salsa alive in this magical production, which includes five live performances and three brand-new studio songs. From their recent single “Viva la Musica” to the timeless “Fabricando Fantasías,” Una Historia Musical is the perfect Christmas gift for the salsa lover in your life. — J.R.
Sammy Sanchez — “Downtown,” Spanglish Remix
After launching a series of successful covers on YouTube Up and comer Sammi Sanchez is exploring bilingual, urban/pop mixes, first with “Pum Pum,” featuring Reykon, and now with “Down Girl.” Sanchez originally recorded this catchy, bilingual ditty with YouTuber Alex Aiono doing a guest rap. In this “Spanglish” remix, Sanchez tackles everything on her own, showing of sassy, convincing vocals.