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Meet Breakout Pop Star Camilo: Our 5 Favorite Songs on ‘Mis Manos’

Camilo is back with his new album Mis Manos. The Colombian singer-songwriter branches out into more genres on this 11-track LP.

Camilo was a songwriter before becoming a breakout pop star.

Before breaking out with last year’s Por Primera Vez album, Camilo was most known as a songwriter for other artists’ hits. He had a hand in writing Becky G and Natti Natasha’s 13-times Platinum smash “Sin Pijama” with his brothers-in-law Mau y Ricky. Camilo also wrote on songs like Bad Bunny’s “Si Estuviésemos Juntos,” Karol G and Gloria Trevi’s “Hijoepu*#,” and Lali’s “Sin Querer Queriendo.”

He received a Shakira co-sign early in his career.

In a lead-in to his Por Primera Vez album, Camilo released his breakthrough hit “Tutu” with Pedro Capó that won a Latin Grammy Award last November. Colombian superstar Shakira reached out to Camilo to jump on a remix of the song. He embraced Latin pop with reggaeton music influences on the LP. Por Primera Vez is currently nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Latin Pop or Urban Album category.

Camilo and his signature handlebar mustache dabble in more diverse sounds on his latest album Mis Manos. Latido Music is here to highlight five of our favorite songs on the album.

“Vida de Rico”

Camilo first teased Mis Manos last year with “Vida de Rico.” His quirky spirit shines through the cute cumbia bop. This was also one of his first songs to go viral on TikTok thanks to the dancing that he did with his wife, Evaluna Montaner. She’s the daughter of Argentine legend Ricardo Montaner. Now Camilo is the most-followed Latin music artist on the platform with over 21.1 million followers.

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COREO DE #VidaDeRico @evaluna @paumacher (vean mi felicidad al final porque por fin pude hacerla Jajajaja)

♬ Vida de Rico – Camilo

“Tuyo y Mío” with Los Dos Carnales

Camilo took on mariachi music on Por Primera Vez with “La Mitad” featuring Mexican singer Christian Nodal. On Mis Manos, he tackles ranchera music with another Mexican act, Los Dos Carnales. Camilo hits his soulful stride in regional Mexican music and “Tuyo y Mío” is no different. Eso, Camilo!

“Mareado”

Camilo gets turnt in “Mareado.” He interestingly blends tropical music with a mariachi twist, all while enjoying a few chelas. This is definitely a contender for Song of the Summer. The beaches are waiting for this one.

“KESI”

Shakira really shined a light on the traditional Afro-Colombian dance champeta during her Super Bowl halftime show with Jennifer Lopez. Camilo was seemingly inspired by that because he comes through with the perfect breezy song for dancing the champeta. This is another TikTok dance challenge waiting to happen.

“Machu Picchu” with Evaluna Montaner

After first collaborating with his wife Evaluna on the Por Primera Vez title track, Camilo teams up with her again for the sexy pop bop “Machu Picchu.” Now a year into their marriage, the couple shares some intimate moments together in the music video.

Read: CNCO and Ricardo Montaner Perform “Tan Enamorados” Together at Premio Lo Nuestro

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

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

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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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Read: Meet Breakout Pop Star Camilo: Our 5 Favorite Songs on ‘Mis Manos’

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Urban Divas United Highlights: Ivy Queen’s Throwbacks, Nesi Perrea Sola And More

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Urban Divas United Highlights: Ivy Queen’s Throwbacks, Nesi Perrea Sola And More

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Over the weekend, the Urban Divas United concert was streamed online. Puerto Rican icon Ivy Queen led an impressive lineup of women that included rising stars like Chesca and Mariah Angeliq. Nesi from Bad Bunny’s “Yo Perreo Sola” also appeared.

Ivy Queen’s “Yo Quiero Bailar” live was everything.

The queen of reggaeton music, Ivy Queen, was the headliner of the night. This was her first time performing since singing with Gloria Trevi at Premio Lo Nuestro in February. Ivy queen came through with the classics like “Yo Quiero Bailar.”

Ivy also performed with the other women in the show.

In the spirit of camaraderie among the women, Ivy Queen also performed live duets. A standout was Ivy Queen’s performance of her bachatón hit “Te He Querido Te He Llorado” with Goyo of ChocQuibTown, Nesi, and Chesca. Ivy Queen also teamed up with Spanish pop star Natalia Jiménez for her powerful ballad “La Vida Es Así.”

Puerto Rican singer Chesca performed her latest single “Como Tú (Dirty).”

Her collaborator De La Ghetto appeared from a video on the ground as she was dancing. Mariah Angeliq, who featured on recent albums by Karol G and Ovi, also took to the stage. She performed her breakthrough hit “Perreito.”  

You can watch the whole show below.

Nesi, who wrote and sings on Bad Bunny’s hit from his YHLQMDLG album, performed the perreo-de-résistance alone. Other performers of the night included La Duraca, Corina Smith, Nohemy, and Snow Tha Product. Urban Divas United was presented by Neutrogena in collaboration with Conciencia Collective.

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