Miami-raised singer and former Fifth Harmony girlbander Camila Cabello continues her rise into the pop stratosphere, joining 305 godfather Pitbull and Colombia’s reigning reggaeton star J Balvin as the sexy center of “Hey Ma,” a song from the soundtrack of “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth and latest entry in the global-vroom movie franchise.
In the video, which debuted early Friday morning on Telemundo’s “Un Nuevo Dia,” Cabello struts down South Beach’s Española Way (standing in for Havana, which appears in a brief opening shot), and more than holds her own as a sexy siren voicing the melody and dancing with Balvin (who’s got seven nominations on the Billboard Latin Music Awards taking place April 27 in Miami) and Pitbull (whose bio is so endless and well-known we don’t need to detail it anymore.)
Cabello’s decision to leave girl group Fifth Harmony in late 2016 looks like a smart move. The 20 year old singer is another Miami immigrant success story. Born in Havana, Cabello’s Cuban mother brought her to Miami when she was 6, later starting a construction company with Cabello’s Mexican father. “She came with just the clothes on her back,” Cabello told the Herald in 2015. “She wanted to provide a better future for me.”
The Spanish version of “Hey Ma,” which is also being released in English, brings the strongest Latin flavor to the soundtrack of “Fate of the Furious,” which was partially filmed in Havana, thanks to the expanding relationship with Cuba launched by President Obama. The movie opens April 14. Cabello has also had a platinum hit with Shawn Mendes, the pop duet “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” her first songwriting credit.