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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2551

Havana oohnana...

By S.H.Moulana

All those music fans who were humming Luis Fonsi’s record breaking number ‘Despacito’ until now has started to show their interest in Camila Cabello’s catchy tune ‘Havana’ lately.

‘Despacito’ has achieved an all-time record of 5 billion views in You Tube while ‘Havana’ despite being a recent release it has got already 581 million views so far.

Camila Cabello is an up and coming young talent of just 21 years and originally from Cuba and now living in Miami.

She is mainly a pop and R&B singer influenced by Latin music. She incorporated elements of reggae, dance-hall and hip hop in her first album.

She lists Alejandro Fernandez and Cella Cruz as her main Latin influences which she portrays in her music.

For her first record she took inspiration from contemporary Latin artists such as Callo13 and J. Balvin.

She also cites Michael Jackson, Rihanna and Shakira and the song writing of Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift.

In her song ‘Havana’ she pays tribute to the capital of her home country Cuba. Cabello moved back and forth between Havana and Mexico city as a child before settling in Miami.

She sings about her Cuban heritage and also muses about a former flame she left back in her native land ‘Half of my heart is in Havana oohnana nanana’.

This catchy tune has reached number one in the chart in not less than ten countries including the US and Britain.

Cabello has so far won four international awards including the MTV Europe music award.

'Music is life itself, what would the world be without good music? No matter what kind it is.' said the king of jazz, Louis Armstrong.

I send my New Year greetings to all my Sinhala and Tamil brothers and sisters on this auspicious occasion.

- Asian Tribune -

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