Colombian reggaetón superstar Maluma delivered a captivating surprise to fans and an ode to Jamaica on Thursday (January 28), with a visual album on his 28th birthday.
Maluma, in an interview with Rolling Stone, said the project, 7 Días En Jamaica, was recorded during what was initially intended to be a “restorative retreat” to the island.
The seven-track, 25-minute mini-album was a mature effort by Maluma, who kept his cool to bring a respectful homage to the home of reggaeton.
However, an issue could be raised with the artiste’s declaration that 7 Días En Jamaica “represents less a homecoming than a pilgrimage”.
Working with legendary producer Bobby Digital as well as Grammy award-winning reggae royalty Ziggy Marley and dancehall veteran Charly Black does not make one Jamaican by proxy.
Still, the reggaetón star served up breathtakingly rich visuals of Jamaican culture, its nightlife, beaches and natural beauty, and most importantly its people.
Between the gyrating, rowdy-rousing fiestas, the intimate moments with his Jamaican love interest (and former beauty queen Davina Bennett) and capturing everyday life among locals, Maluma seemed enraptured with the island—and who could blame him?
The Papi Juancho musician was busy soaking up the scenes of Port Antonio, relaxing on the iconic shores of Frenchman’s Cove beach and vibing on the pedestrianised Water Lane in downtown Kingston, among other locations.
Check out the concept video, released by Maluma on YouTube, below: