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Camila Cabello: “Everything I do reflects my pride in being a Latina woman”




Camila Cabello released this Friday her new song, “Don’t Go Yet”, the first single from her third album and the most Latin of all. Not because of her Spanish-language songs or tropical elements, but because, at 24, the Cuban-American artist feels “stronger and more connected” to her Latin roots.

“Everything I do reflects my pride in being a Latina woman and it couldn’t be otherwise. It’s in my DNA and in my environment,” Cabello tells Efe in the only interview he gave to a written media outlet.

He doesn’t say it with a small mouth. Tropical rhythms have always been in his music, in which he has not hesitated to also offer words in Spanish and references to his native Cuba.

His presence on the networks reflects the intense cultural duality of Miami, the city he came to from Cuba at the age of 7, and his activism has been linked to important causes for the Latino community in the United States.

Thursday night gave another example of that commitment by being part of a segment at Premios Juventud in which Cuban artists drew attention to the struggle on the island against the Castro regime and the recent protests demanding freedom.

“We have to explain what really happens in Cuba. Not the romantic version that people think. The suffering of the Cuban people, the courage of the demonstrators deserves us to work to help them,” he says.

She has done the same with undocumented youth and families, the fight against racism and gender equality, because, she says, “what good is fame but to direct attention to those who need us.”

Cabello does not remember his life without being aware of the difficulties in Cuba. She lived the experience of being detained at the border from Mexico to the United States.

The “scare” was short thanks to the fact that at that time Cubans still had preferential treatment, but her father, a Mexican, had to endure a long wait to be able to meet her and her mother in Miami.

THE HAIR FAMILY ROOM

When it comes to music, what Cabello expresses is the celebration of his culture. The months in the family home during the 2020 lockdown to prevent the spread of covid-19 rekindled memories of multigenerational parties at home.

“At some point the furniture from the living room would be pushed to the walls, a cheap ‘disco ball’ would be hung to the lamp and we would all start dancing. Little girls, uncles, grannies. Everyone,” he recalls.

That’s the energy that led to “Don’t Go Yet.” The song of his authorship, with Scott Harris, Ricky Reed and Mike Sabath, includes the percussion of acclaimed Cuban drummer Pedrito Martínez.

Although it reflects that moment when heartbreak begins and carries no direct references to Cabello’s Latinity, such as “Havana” and “Señorita,” two of his biggest hits, “Don’t Go Yet” is the most authentically Caribbean song of his career.




The arrangements, especially in the choir, are reminiscent of the great Cuban orchestras of the 50s, in which a brass explosion marked the beginning of the choir and a complex percussion made it clear that the songs were tropical.

The video is full of humor, people of all ages and nostalgia. “I hope I take them all to that makeshift dance hall of my family,” he hopes.

The artist assures that although the songs of the album that will come out this year, although there is still no established date, are of varied styles and “each one carries its different energy”, all are a “projection” of that Camila” that it is today.

“I don’t know if you can say more Latina than ever, because it’s something that’s my essence, but it’s more solid and more aware of the richness and power of my roots,” she says.

NO QUIET

Cabello’s strength has also been made clear in the way he has reacted to criticism of his physique on social media.

“Those who take pictures of me on the beach, running, doing my life like any normal person and then post them do the same as if they got into my room. It’s a violation of my privacy and it feels horrible,” he says.

The experience gets worse “when some realize that I am like any woman. If I sing my belly, I have imperfections like everyone else. It’s very difficult. There are comments that have made me feel bad. I believe in eating healthy, in moving to be healthy, but I also believe that you have to take care of your mental health and defend yourself against these toxic attacks,” he says.

However, his recent comments on the networks about the need to love oneself, the bodies of “mureal jeres with curves and cellulite and stretch marks and fat, “he explains, are not only for his fans to put the photos in perspective, but to protect the youngest.

“(I did it) To protect girls, like my little sister, like my followers, who are living in a world where female beauty is based on something unreal,” she argues. “You can no longer say it’s because you see models looking perfect in magazines. Now everyone seems perfect on their social media and that’s false.”




HELEN HERNANDEZ
Helen Hernandez is our best writer. Helen writes about social news and celebrity gossip. She loves watching movies since childhood. Email: [email protected] Phone : +1 281-333-2229

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