After the last year and a half, the world deserves a party. Nothing will start that party like a new Marc Anthony dance jam will, powered by that high-energy voice that can stop entire cities in their tracks.
“Pa’lla Voy” is that party-starter – a brand-new, irresistibly catchy dancefloor single. Masterfully produced by Marc Anthony’s long-time collaborator Sergio George, it celebrates their long history of making hits together.
The lyrics in “Pa’lla Voy” is a call to come together and party:
Si hay una fiesta, pa’llá voy
Si hay una rumba, pa’llá voy . . .
If there’s a fiesta, I’m there
If there’s a rumba, I’m there . . .
As soon as you hear the first notes, your feet are moving. This kinetic masterpiece is a crowning achievement among Marc Anthony’s Latin dancefloor hits. It’s a celebration of classic-style New York salsa gorda – the fat dance music of a cosmopolitan city where a Puerto Rican singer from the Bronx and a Colombian pianist join forces to make a hit.
“Pa’lla Voy” is a surprising and inspired Spanish-language reworking of a time-tested hit: “Yay Boy,” by Africando, originally sung in Wolof by the late Pape Seck. You’ll recognize it when you hear it. Why “Yay Boy”? There’s a story behind it.
Back in 1992, Marc Anthony and Sergio George were hard at work on Marc’s debut album, Otra Nota, but their shoestring budget ran out and the album almost didn’t get finished. Luckily, at that very moment, Africando arrived in New York City with the idea of making an Africanized salsa album, and they wanted to work with producer… Sergio George. Working at the same studio on both projects, Sergio traded his producer fee from the African sessions for studio time to complete Otra Nota. Released in January 1993, Otra Nota marked the beginning of Marc Anthony’s explosive rise to stardom, and he quickly became the best-selling salsa recording artist ever.
Today, thirty years later, now at the height of their powers, Marc and Sergio recall their scuffling days by updating the runaway global hit that’s been in both their heads ever since it emerged out of Sergio’s Africando sessions.
The videoclip, directed by Carlos Pérez, packs Marc Anthony’s arena-sized charisma into an old-school basement club. It’s focused squarely on the sweat, the delirium, and the sexiness of dancing – and on the excitement that Marc Anthony can generate live on stage with his band, and on record with Sergio George.
“Pa’lla Voy” is released through Sony Music Latin.