September 29, 2022
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Pitbull rules Cuban sounds

Pitbull takes listeners back to the heat of summer with “Armando,” a recording entirely in Spanish.

While some may consider the Spanish lyrics a barrier, Pitbull’s Cuban-inspired rhythms and instrumentals help listeners connect with the artist’s cultural roots.

The title track “Armando” pays tribute to traditional Latin musical styles with a tenor voice swaying in between light claps and free-form percussion.

Listeners experience a wider range of Pitbull’s talent and his personality in this album. “Armando” is an unusual but pleasing blend of Latino-pop and Cuban trovadore.

The album includes Cuban percussion such as bongo and steel drums. In “Yo Quiero” and “Amorosa,” a rapid tempo helps drive the fast lyrics and mimics influential Salsa rhythms.

“Armando” still retains Pitbull’s signature hollering and heavy breathing of “Mr. 305.” With its top hit “Bon, Bon,” the album’s newest club-worthy tunes are sure to be instant floor-fillers.