Silvestre Dangond Takes Us Back to the 1950’s in ‘Vallenato Apretao’: Exclusive

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Silvestre Dangond takes it back to more than six decades ago for his new music video “Vallenato Apretao,” premiering exclusively on Billboard below. 

In his new track, the Colombian singer teamed up with composers Mario Cáceres, Ronald Valbuena, Daniel Buitrago and Andrés Castro, who also co-produced with Dangond, to tell the story of how the simple rhythm of vallenato can captivate hearts. “I have her dancing vallenato real close, I have her talking my slang, I have her,” Dangond chants. “She told me to put on vallenato because I want to forget this heartbreak.” The song fuses traditional vallenato, hints of cumbia and urban melodies.

The music video, directed by Nuno Gomes at the renowned International Inn in North Miami Beach, was inspired by the fashion and feel of the Grease movie. The clip not only shows vibrant scenes of the hotel that was built in 1956, but also narrates a romantic comedy where Dangond is trying to seduce a hotel guest, who’s always accompanied by her friend.

“Vallenato Apretao” comes a week after Dangond and Gente de Zona performed at the 2019 Latin American Music Awards. Watch the music video below.