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Arthur Hanlon and Venezuelan Singer Nella Talk Recording HBO Special ‘Piano y Mujer’

World-famous pianist Arthur Hanlon is premiering his HBO Latino special Piano y Mujer this Friday. The Detroit-born musician will be teaming up with Latina artists like Venezuela’s Nella, Puerto Rico’s Kany García, and Colombia’s Goyo. The collaborations are already available on Hanlon’s album of the same name. Hanlon and Nella talked with Latido Music about recording Piano y Mujer and a few of their career highlights.

Hanlon fuses his jazz sound with his love of Latin music.

Hanlon is an Irish-American musician who has made an impact in the Latin music world thanks to his incredible piano-playing skills. Previously, he’s collaborated with artists like Luis Fonsi, Juanes, Marc Anthony, Lunay, and Prince Royce.

“It’s the rhythms more than anything,” Hanlon tells mitú about his fascination with Latin music. “That was the main attraction for me. La bachata, la salsa, and la merengue. There’s so much piano in those genres. For me, it was like a marriage made in heaven.”

“You can tell how much Arthur is passionate about Latin rhythms,” Nella adds. “It’s like he was born in Latin America. It’s a beautiful thing to play with [Arthur] because you also have the influence from the Anglo world, which I love.”

Hanlon also teamed up with Ozuna for a stellar collaboration.

Most recently, Hanlon featured on Puerto Rican superstar Ozuna’s Aura album. It was a feature on the most important song on the album, the title track, and he didn’t know about it until the eleventh hour.

“It was a great vibe,” Hanlon says. “He sent me an idea about a mirror called espejo. I just took that idea and I tried to play a mirror [on the piano] is what I did. I sent it back to him and I never heard anything back. I swear to God the night before, it was like, ‘Dude, it’s the title track. It’s not espejo anymore. It’s called ‘Aura.” That was cool.”

Nella is a Latin Grammy winner.

Nella is one of the women that’s featured in Hanlon’s Piano y Mujer album and HBO special. She’s in the company of García, ChocQuibTown’s Goyo, Spanish singer Natalia Jimenez, and Evaluna Montaner, the daughter of Argentine icon Ricardo Montaner. Nella rose to prominence after winning the Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2019.

“My music doesn’t exactly follow the radio format,” Nella says. “I was like, ‘I’m very glad to be nominated. I’m not expecting anything.’ When I heard my name, that was freaking crazy I’ve got to admit. It makes me so happy and proud to know that an album that was made with roots [in Venezuela] and vanguardia was recognized by The [Latin Recording] Academy. It was obviously a before and after in my life.”

Nella recently received a co-sign from Juan Luis Guerra.

A recent high in Nella’s career includes featuring on a song with Dominican icon Juan Luis Guerra. When she was a reference vocal in the song “Mi Guitarra” by Javier Limón, Guerra decided to keep her voice on there.

“When Juan Luis Guerra returned the song back to Javier, he didn’t delete my voice,” Nella says. “He kept my voice and did harmonies with my voice. It was such a beautiful and humble thing for him to do that he didn’t need to. It was a great honor to be chosen by him.”

For Piano y Mujer, Hanlon worked with Nella on songs that spoke to her Venezuelan roots.

Hanlon arranged the music for Piano y Mujer with Venezuelan producer Motiff. Hanlon played piano on two songs that are personal to Nella. The first one is “Caballo Viejo,” a popular folk song in Venezuela.

“I’ve listened to it since I was a baby and it’s been in my blood, but I’ve never performed it,” Nella says. “It was such a great opportunity to do this for the first time. It’s always beautiful for me to sing a little bit of my roots.”

Hanlon and Nella also worked together on “Me Llaman Nella.” That song was the lead single from Nella’s debut album Voy that helped her win her Latin Grammy.

“I always dreamed about having a remix of that song and there you go,” Nella says. “People got to know me [with that song] because it also tells my story. That’s going to be like my ‘Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey. That song that you’re going to sing your whole freaking life. It was beautiful to hear with a different rhythm that respected the melody and the essence of the song.”

Hanlon and Nella also told us about who they want to collaborate with next.

As for what’s next, Hanlon says that he’s working on something that will hopefully make Colombian icon Carlos Vives’ Cumbiana Dos album. Nella reveals that she wants to work with more women. At the top of her list is Mayra Andrade, who hails from Cape Verde. Nella’s next album will be released on April 30.

Hanlon’s Piano y Mujer special airs on HBO Latino this Friday at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The show will be available to stream on HBO Max afterward.

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Meet Morelli: Colombian Hit-Maker Talks Writing For Camilo And New Single “Mala Conmigo”

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Meet Morelli: Colombian Hit-Maker Talks Writing For Camilo And New Single “Mala Conmigo”

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Following in the footsteps of his friends Camilo and Mau y Ricky, Morelli is the next songwriter stepping into the spotlight as an artist. The Colombian musician launched his music career this week with the new single “Mala Conmigo.” In the music video, he’s partying with Camilo and company. In an interview with Latido Music, Morelli talked about the stories behind the hits he’s written and his journey to releasing “Mala Conmigo.”

Before launching as Morelli, he put out a few songs under his full name.

Morelli might not be a familiar name yet, but the name Juan Morelli is in the credits of hits like Mau y Ricky’s “La Boca” and Camilo’s “El Mismo Aire.” For the launch of his recording career, he’s solely going by his last name. “Mala Conmigo” isn’t the first time Morelli has released music. A few years back he dropped a few songs under his full name.

“As Juan Morelli, I did all the genres possible,” Morelli tells mitú. “I did ballads, pop-rock, techno-pop. Everything that was there, I tried it. All of that helped me find my own sound now. I’ve been fortunate to be able to write for other people. Through that, by accident, I discovered how I wanted to do my sound.”

Morelli’s frequent co-writer Camilo is also his best friend.

One of the artists Morelli has written for includes his longtime friend Camilo. Both singer-songwriters grew up as kids together in Bogotá. They’ve always been supportive of each other. Now Camilo is returning the favor as a co-writer on Morelli’s “Mala Conmigo.”

“I’ve been fortunate that Camilo is my best friend from when I was 13-years-old,” Morelli says. “We’ve grown up together. I’ve seen his career grow. We’re like brothers practically. It’s just that we have different moms. I’ve been happy to see everything that’s happened for him, and he’s been happy for everything that’s happening to me.”

Morelli’s life changed when he wrote Mau y Ricky’s “La Boca” with Camilo.

Morelli wrote the song that changed his life with Camilo. In 2019, the two were in Miami writing what would eventually evolve into “La Boca,” the six-times Platinum hit by Venezuelan duo Mau y Ricky. Not only did that song put Morelli’s name on the map, but he became closer to Mau y Ricky because of it.

“‘La Boca’ was the song that opened all the doors for me to do what I’m doing now,” Morelli says. “I went back to Bogotá feeling that I wrote a great song. A month and a half later, Camilo called me saying that Mau y Ricky would be added to it. For me, that was a dream. They told me they were going to record it in Santa Marta. I shared their hotel room because I went with nothing. That’s where I met Ricky and he told me, ‘Why don’t you come to Miami to work?’ They believed more in my talent than I did myself at the time. That gave the confidence and power to be doing what I’m doing today.”

Camilo’s “El Mismo Aire” was inspired by the thought of his wife, Evaluna Montaner, leaving him.

On Camilo’s breakthrough album Por Primera Vez, Morelli had a hand in writing “El Mismo Aire.” It’s one of the darker moments in Camilo’s discography. When it was nominated for Song of the Year at last year’s Latin Grammy Awards, Morelli became a first-time nominee.

“That was a dream come true for the 12-year-old Juan who wanted to become a musician,” Morelli says about the nomination. “‘El Mismo Aire’ came from Camilo’s imagination of thinking about if Evaluna left him. He said, ‘How would I feel if Evaluna left me one day?’ That’s the feeling behind that beautiful song that we wrote with Edgar [Barrera], Richi [Lopéz], and Jon [Leone]. Of course, I was thinking about my fiancée Paula [Macher] and if she left me. What would I do? That’s Camilo’s song, but I had to put myself in the same position.”

Morelli cried when Pablo Alborán recorded it as a duet with Camilo.

A few months after the release of Por Primera Vez, Camilo released “El Mismo Aire” as a duet with Spanish pop star Pablo Alborán. Morelli calls that moment another highlight of his career.

“In our last few months living in Bogotá, me and Camilo would sit down in my living room and play the guitar and sing Pablo Alborán songs from his first album,” Morelli recalls. “We uploaded the covers to YouTube and Instagram. The day [Camilo] called me and said that Pablo Alborán would be added to ‘El Mismo Aire,’ I cried a lot. I cried from a lot of happiness.”

Now Morelli is living his best life in “Mala Conmigo” with his friends.

Morelli wrote “Mala Conmigo” with Camilo and Jon Leone, who produced it as JonTheProducer. Leone is another close friend of Morelli’s in their group that includes Mau y Ricky. It’s a bubbly pop song with an electronic edge that Morelli sounds like he sang with a smile on his face. He’s having the best time in the music video with a twerking Camilo, Mau y Ricky, Leone, Macher, and Evaluna Montaner. Evaluna also directed it.

“You can imagine it’s complete happiness for me,” Morelli says of all his friends appearing in the video. “For me it’s an honor because I’ve seen them on TV and dreamed of being like them. They’re my examples going forward. To have them there as my family that loves me, it was a blessing.”

Morelli recently worked with John Legend and there are more stars he wants to work with next.

Recently, Morelli wrote on John Legend’s Spanglish remix of “Bigger Love” with Mau y Ricky. As for who he wants to work with next, Morelli says the list is long. For the interview, he narrows it down to: Farruko, Juanes, Anitta, Christina Aguilera, Shakira, and, of course, Pablo Alborán. Morelli is hoping to release a song once a month following “Mala Conmigo.”

“Two and a half years ago, I was in my apartment in Bogotá working on other things to make ends meet,” he says. “Now two years later, I’m releasing my song, I have Latin Grammy nominations, and I worked with John Legend. When I’m going to a [writing] session, I’m always happy because it’s a blessing to be living doing what I love.”

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J Balvin, Cuco, Maná and More New Releases For Nu Music Fridays

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J Balvin, Cuco, Maná and More New Releases For Nu Music Fridays

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Welcome to Nu Music Fridays, where we give you our best picks of the week in Latin music released on Friday, May 7th. Check out our full list below!

J Balvin – “7 de Mayo”

Just in time for his birthday and the release of his documentary, ‘El Niño de Medellín,’ J Balvin released a retrospective track about his career and life titled “7 de Mayo.”

Read: 5 Things We Learned From J Balvin’s Documentary ‘El Niño De Medellín’

Maná & Joy – “Eres Mi Religión”

Iconic Mexican band Maná continue their collaborations project that started in 2019 with “Rayando El Sol” with Pablo Alborán, “No Ha Parado De Llover” with Sebastián Yatra, and now with a new version of their 2002 hit “Eres Mi Religión” with Joy Huerta, from Jesse & Joy. Listen to the refreshed version.

Cuco – “Forevermore”

Welcome to the CMU, Cuco’s Cinematic Universe. “Forevermore” is a continuation of “Paradise,” Cuco’s release last month. The dream-pop single is all you need to take a ride with your windows down and the music blasting.

Ozuna – “Tiempo”

Produced by Sky Rompiendo, Ozuna is ready to kick-off the Summer with his new banger “Tiempo.” The music video was directed by Fernando Lugo, who keeps pushing the envelope with his visuals for Reggaeton artists, and “Tiempo” is a gem.

Niia ft. Girl Ultra – “If I Should Die”

Niia teams up with Girl Ultra for their bilingual alternative record “If I Should Die”, which pairs their beautiful voices together in the most sublime way. Watch the music video below.

Micro TDH & Myke Towers – “El Tren”

Venezuelan singer-songwriter Micro TDH released his new single “El Tren.” Puerto Rican rapper Myke Towers hitches a ride on their real-life train in the music video. Read our review for the song and music video here.

Mariah Angeliq – “Mala De Verdad”

After the success of her collab with Karol G in “El Makinón,” La Tóxica aka Mariah Angeliq is back with her new single “Mala De Verdad,” living up to her nickname.

Natanael Cano x Dan Sanchez x Justin Morales x Oscar Maydon – “Llenas Las Cuentas”

Get your Corridos Tumbados fix with this line up: Natanael Cano, Dan Sanchez, Justin Morales and Oscar Maydon are straight fire together.

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Victoria La Mala – Soy Mala EP

Genre-bending star fusing Mexican regional with Latin urban music Victoria La Mala released her first EP Soy Mala. The 8-song EP has collaborations with Flor De Toloache, Jenn Morel, Chris Perez, Chiquis and more. Read our interview with Victoria and Chiquis here.

De La Ghetto – “Perdida”

De La Geezy proves he’s still an OG in the genre by showing off his flow versatility in his new solo release for “Perdida.”

Gigolo & La Exce – “De La Mata”

Puerto Rican duo Gigolo & La Exce take you back to the early 2000s when Reggaeton was just becoming a global phenomenon, with their new single “De La Mata.”

Thalia – “Mojito”

Clink clink! Get your drinks on with Thalia’s latest release. Don’t miss Thalia this weekend at the Ellas y Su Música special this weekend for Mother’s Day.

Morelli – “Mala Conmigo”

Producer-turned-singer Morelli released his very first single “Mala Conmigo.” The Colombian songwriter had special cameos from Mau y Ricky, Camilo and Evaluna, who also directed the music video. Now THAT’S how you do your first release!

Chicocurlyhead – “Dame Más De Ti”

Panamanian breakout singer Chicocurlyhead showcases his innate ability to transition between English and Spanish in his new single “Dame Más De Ti”.

Yari M x Randy x Brray – “Freshy Remix”

Newcomer Puerto Rican female singer Yari M recruits Reggaeton OG Randy and Brray for “Freshy Remix.”

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