There’s something about the summer that makes us crave Latin dance music – the heat, the sun, the cocktails, the long days by the beach! It’s all perfect for those Bossa Nova rhythms that radiate through our hips turning us into dancing machines. Our craving is being met today thanks to collaborators Charmaine and Valentino who vibe off each other in “A MI MANERA”, produced by Lantz & David Ariza. Both artist belong to Warner Music Canada label but each come front vastly different cultural backgrounds, with Charmaine originally hailing from Zimbabwe and growing up around hi-hop and R&B, while Valentino is from Puerto Rico and found global success as a Spanish language artist. Clearly, all that’s no barrier for good dance music. Below is just about everything you need to know about this unlikely duo.
Born in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare, Charmaine relocated to the United States at the age of five, bouncing around the Midwest with her family at first before eventually settling in Nashville for a large chunk of her childhood. Living in the American South was an eye-opening experience but by the time high school rolled around, Charmaine was already on the way to her next culture shock, this time heading north of the border to Toronto, where life would soon take a dark turn. “After we moved to Toronto, my dad got laid off,” says Charmaine, “and quickly after that, we lost our house. We went to a shelter and then ended up living in a motel, all six of us in this tiny little room with just a hot plate for a kitchen.” Throughout her family’s frequent moves and financial struggles, Charmaine had always turned to music as a source of comfort and stability, something she could rely on for emotional support no matter how difficult things got. Now, sitting on the motel floor with a notebook in hand, she turned to music as a life preserver, penning her own songs and scouring the internet for performance opportunities in the hopes of writing herself a ticket to a brighter future.
Puerto Rico born Valentino had his first big break in 1998 with the duet “Magnate y Valentino”. This successful project resulted in many transcendental studio albums such as Warriors II, 9 Plagas, Playero 42, Las Gárgolas, and others. Valentino decided to continue his musical path as a soloist in 2013 and his first single “No llores mas,” featuring J Alvarez, was the perfect prelude. 2015 was one of the best professional moments in Valentino´s career. His project La Noche was tremendously successful. Written by Nicky Jam and produced by Saga White Black, the release won the Gold certification in Colombia and landed in musical charts in the United States, Italy, South America and Puerto Rico. Valentino’s single “Cosita” featuring Sech, Lenny Tavarez and Dale resulted in one of the most streamed musical collaborations of 2019 and early 2020. 2021 gave Valentino his first big hit “Suelta,” featuring reggaeton living legends Jowell and Randy.