Viva Friday Playlist: New Music by Reik, J Balvin, Rombai & More


Viva Friday is a compilation of the best new Latin songs, albums and videos recommended by the Billboard Latin editors.

“Indeciso” – J Balvin, Reik & Lalo Ebratt

J Balvin keeps surprising fans with new collaborations. This time, Mexican band Reik and rising rapper Lalo Ebratt joined the Colombian star to release “Indeciso.” The contagious pop and urban blend have them undecided about a woman they like but don't know how to make the first move. This uptempo track is destined for the dance floor. — SUZETTE FERNANDEZ

“Como Suena el Piano” – Arthur Hanlon & Orishas

Pianist Athur Hanlon and Orishas are letting us enjoy the last days of summer with their single “Como Suena el Piano.” The song, a throwback to Orishas’ classic Cuban sound, anchored in catchy vamps and raps, gets a boost from Hanlon’s bluesy tumbaos. When Orishas’ chant — “I know the guy’s American but listen to that piano” — they recognize Hanlon’s respect and passion for Latin music. “Como Suena El Piano” was released with its music video filmed in Cuba. Watch it below. — SF

“Ganitas” – Rombai

Rombai continues to evolve as a band. After Valeria Emiliani left due to health issues, Fer Vazquez and Megumi Bowles decided to continue as a duo and have released their first song together called “Ganitas.” The pop song, with urban breaks, talks about the benefits of a good and healthy relationship between two people who are having fun seducing each other. Its music video was filmed in La Paz, Baja California Sur, and directed by Andrés Ibáñez under Stereosonique Films. — SF

“Pa’ Poder Vivir" – Ani Cordero, feat. Macha Colón & Renee Goust

Puerto Rican Ani Cordero releases “Pa’ Poder Vivir,” the second single from her forthcoming El Machete full-length album. The urgency of Cordero’s vocals galvanizes women into action as she jabs out phrases of autonomy and courage in this feminist anthem, which features vocals by compatriot feminist poet and musician Macha Colón. Mexican Renee Goust provides backup vocals along with a forceful female choir. — PAMELA BUSTIOS

“Nuestras Raíces” – Yasser Tejeda & Palotré

Through a frenzied celebration of ancestral union, New York-based singer Yesser Tejeda and his band Palotré unearth the musical roots of his Dominican Republic in “Nuestras Raíces,” the lead single from Kijombo, slated for Oct. 11. The track fuses Afro-Dominican sounds with rock, R&B, jazz and soul. The Afro-Dominican sacred palo music is deftly harmonized through three palos, the long drums made out from hollowed-out logs, each pushing its own beat forward flanked by a sharp unison horn section in a music video filmed between New York and Matas de Los Indios, a community in Villa Mellas, Dominican Republic. — PB

“Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out” – La Santa Cecilia, The California Feetwarmers

La Santa Cecilia join forces with The California Feetwarmers for a cover of the 1929 Bessie Smith blues classic “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out.” The Tin Pan Alley-style tune, originally written by Jimmy Cox, is the second single from the quartet’s upcoming album; a jazzy-vaudeville take with La Marisoul’s pouncing vocals and a punchy Nola-inspired sonority, which reflects on the ephemeral nature of wealth and its ambiance. — PB