Bailando by Enrique Iglesias ft. Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona
Enrique Iglesias proposes for this summer a revamped version of “Bailando”, one of his greatest hits ever. The new “Bailando” is a team work, the soft Latino voice of Enrique Iglesias is counterbalanced by Sean Paul’s reggae style, as well as the Cuban hip-hop contribution of Gente De Zona and Descemer Bueno. The incredible musical mixture transforms the classical Spanish “Bailando” into a fresh mostly-English based summer hit.
The video starts with a group of young women dressed in black, long dresses dancing salsa. Their leader makes the difference, she is dressed in red and draws the attention of Enrique Iglesias. The salsa dancing is competed by break dance and the spectacular attempt of some dancers to combine football with traditional dancing steps.
Most of the scenes are shot in a crowded, colorful Latino neighborhood, followed by few scenes of dancing and singing into a tunnel and the funny riding of the artists on bicycles. The end of the video shows Enrique Iglesias and his friends slowly running, as they hear the alarm of police.
Although it’s promoted as an English version of his popular “Bailando”, in fact the version released in 2014 preserves the original name and some fragments, mostly in the chorus, where the artists use Spanish words, such as “conmigo” (with me) or “ya no puedo mas” (I can’t wait no more). As typically for Enrique Iglesias, he launched globally a version of the song with the contribution of Sean Paul Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona, while the version dedicated to Spanish communities includes as expected the performance of the Cuban artists Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona.
Comparing with the old format of song, in 2014 Enrique Iglesias also provides a Portugese version of “Bailando”, along with Luan Santana for the Brazilian market and Mickael Carreira, in the case of the musical market in Portugal.
Written by Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona, the lyrics of the new version are completely different to the old “Bailando”, only the rhythm seems similar. “Bailando” was produced by Carlos Paucar, being the sixth single released from Enrique Iglesias’ current album, “Sex & Love”. Ironically, Enrique Iglesias confessed that he didn’t like the song at first hearing, but once it was recorded, he believed in its power.
Both the global and the Spanish, Portuguese dedicated versions were shot in Santo Domingo, the capital of Dominican Republic, only the release dates were different: 10 April 2014 for the English “Bailando”, 13 June 2014 for the Spanish “Bailando” and finally, 7 July 2014 for the Portuguese version.
Alejandro Perez, a close friend of Gente De Zona and Descemer Bueno took charge for “Bailando” video. The Cuban director previously created for Descemer Bueno the video for “Tus Luces sobre mi” and “Salte del sartén” for Gente Da Zona. In the case of “Bailando”, Alejandro Perez choose a simple and natural background, a modest “barrio” (neighborhood), where young people dance salsa, breakdance or even play football, while dancing, as a symbol of celebrating life through dance.