Viva Friday is a compilation of the best new songs, albums and videos recommended by Billboard Latin editors.
This week on the Viva Friday playlist, we've got Maluma’s new album 11:11, Contra El Viento by Kany García, Nicky Jam's new song “Ven Y Hazlo Tú” and more.
Maluma is at the best moment of his career and he keeps achieving new goals. Just this month, he performed with Madonna at the Billboard Music Awards, met Taylor Swift and was interviewed by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. Now, he releases his brand-new album 11:11. The set includes 16 songs, which are well-balanced with cleaner lyrics (it only has three explicit songs) and a romantic tone. His urban beat dominates the set, but his song “Te Quiero” breaks in to make you dance salsa. The best collaborations on the album are “Instinto Natural” with Sech, “Puesto Pa’ Ti” featuring Farina, and “No Se Me Quita” with Ricky Martin. Stream Maluma’s 11:11 below. -- SUZETTE FERNANDEZ
Kany García, Contra El Viento
Kany García’s Soy Yo, released almost exactly a year ago, was a beautiful collection of intimate songs set to lush arrangements that traversed a world of emotions, from loss and yearning to nationalism to equality. It was also Garcia’s best studio album, until now.
In her new Contra El Viento, García ups the ante by integrating commentary from nearly a dozen Latin women -- from her mother to actress Sofía Vergara -- as the framework for a deep dive into the full range of a personal evolution delectable songs that traverse a personal evolution, from loss and disillusionment to self-awareness, rebirth and finally, love again. -- LEILA COBO
Nicky Jam, J Balvin, Arcángel & Anuel AA – “Ven Y Hazlo Tú”
Nicky Jam teams up with J Balvin, Arcángel and Anuel AA to release the trap song “Ven Y Hazlo Tú.” The song has an interesting, transparent and different lyric, which combines their personalities. “Ven Y Hazlo Tú" was produced by Gio S Ortega and Cristhian Mena "Saga Whiteblack." The single is part of Nicky Jam's new album that will be released this summer. -- SF
Paulo Londra feat. De La Ghetto & Justin Quiles - "Solo Pienso Ti"
Argentine singer Paulo Londra is back at it again with the romantic lyrics and sensual trap melodies that characterize his music. This time around, he's joined by two respectable urban artists in the game, De La Ghetto and Justin Quiles. "Solo pienso en ti" (I only think of you) is a song about a man who's obsessing over a girl and can't stop thinking about her. The music video features the three artists joined by the track's producer Ovy on the Drums. "Solo pienso en ti" is part of Londra's upcoming debut studio album dropping May 23. Watch the video below. -- JESSICA ROIZ
"Quiero Perderme" - Bronco
The new generation of Bronco -- where founding vocalist Jose Guadalupe Esparza “Don Lupe” is joined by his sons Jose Adan and Rene -- is keeping the group's essence alive with their new single "Quiero Perderme," a song about a man who's willing to walk away from a relationship and not look back. The melodies keep true to Bronco's norteño and cumbia sound, adding hints of Latin pop and alternative rock rhythms. "This new generation of Bronco was meant to refresh the group, but we always stay true to the musical identity that has classified us and made so many hits. Now it’s our compromise to release new hits, but with the Bronco sound," lead singer Rene Esparza previously told Billboard. -- JR
After composing for artists such as J Balvin and CNCO, Feid is now penning his own music and giving them life. On Friday (May 17), the Colombian artist officially dropped his sophomore studio album titled 19, putting the spotlight on his personal and musical growth. "It means change, reborn and a new Feid that people are already listening to," he said of his album's name. The album's cover art, which shows the number 19 in gold and is surrounded by many colorful flowers, also hits home as it was designed by his father and sister. "Flowers always bring positive things and every song on the album is looking to leave a positive impact in the people who listen to it. Flowers are a good thing," he states. 19 is home to 12 new tracks, including his singles "Sigueme (Remix)" featuring Panamanian artist Sech and "Badwine." The first track of the album claims everything fans can expect from this production: lots of dembow, pop and sexy and tropical music. In some songs, such as "Buena Mala," Feid gives us sensual trap sounds. In others, such as "Ven Pa Casa," he flaunts his romantic ballad side, bringing to the forefront his creative versatility. Meanwhile, Feid launched his new album with the release of his single and music video "FKU," an unfiltered song about a woman who played with his heart. Listen and stream the album below. -- JR
Cimarrón - Orinoco
Colombian band Cimarrón’s indigenous sounds dabble within a space of freedom in Orinoco, their fourth studio album out now. The 10-track set teems with thick textures of global instrumentation and a contemporary resonance of the hard-driven joropo -- a musical genre and dance from the plains of Venezuela and Colombia 00 with the Orinoco River center stage. Orinoco is as a materialization of time with a wide-ranging sound overflowing with a striking percussive harmony and stringed instruments such as the harp, which serve as the backbone of the album. An amalgam of their Andalusian, indigenous and African roots, the album swerves between the unique flexibility and vigor of Ana Veydó’s vocals, a commanding bass, the Perun cajón with strong flamenco nuances, the ocarina (vessel flute), the Brazilian surdo, and a fierce stomp from the plains.
There are songs with dazzling instrumentation, such as “Zumbajam,” composed by founding member Carlos “Cuco” Rojas. It's a deft interchange of sounds that ricochets effortlessly between the harp, a jagged acoustic guitar, the cajón and the bass, and it has earned Cimarrón a 2019 Independent Music Awards nomination for best instrumental song and best world traditional song. There are songs that speak about regional pride and the female figure as the spine of the plain as in “Auténtica Llanera,” where Veydó jabs out phrases of authority veering into a wild free ethnic session. The new single, “Tonada De La Palomita,” is a hummable tune with an enigmatic sensory electronic vibration. A wistful lament, the song is a tribute to the forgotten roots of the llaneros. The group journeyed across the hills of Mavecure on the bank of the Inirida River alongside the indigenous community of Puinave de Remanso for a cinematic music video directed by French filmmaker Jeremiah. -- PAMELA BUSTIOS
Suzanna feat. Rapsusklei - “Soulfyah”
Barcelona singer-songwriter Suzanna Abellán, who goes by just Suzanna, releases “Soulfyah,” the title track from her first 12-track album as a solo artist, due May 24. An uncompromising tune with tough-girl lyrics and timely sarcasm featuring Zaragoza-native rapper Rapsusklei, “Soulfyah” is a fiery soul-hip-hop chant that denounces female oppression. A rebellious embodiment of female empowerment, Suzanna, alongside Rapsusklei’s musical miscegenation, creates a space for equality and liberation within a plot abounding with symbolism where creative expression reigns. -- PB
Vicente García – “Ahí Ahí”
Dominican Vicente García releases “Ahí Ahí,” a bachata tune and third single from his Candela album, the culmination of a trilogy, slated for May 24 release and third collaboration with Eduardo Cabra (Visitante). With a poetic flair: "Tu curaste mi canto, secaste mi llanto, bebímos del sol por caminos que el viento se llevó” (you healed my song, dried out my tears, we drank from the sun on roads the wind took), the song is a personal evolution of experimental sounds. With trap and electronic nuances and recorded between Bogotá, Dominican Republic and New York, García flirts with Paul Simon and Juan Luis Guerra’s familiar Zulú influence in a chorus that donates an unearthly-sensual vibration. The song also tests synthesized beats swayed by James Blake's recording style resulting in a balanced trance-like sound. -- PB