20 year old Cuban-American Camila Cabello was a member of girl group Fifth Harmony which was formed in the aftermath of the TV-show The X Factor in 2012 when Cabello was barely 15 years of age.
Now she has taken up her Latin American roots and put them into an all-American pop record, her debut that went straight to #1 on the American Billboard charts.
Usually, I do not cover mainstream music, but sometimes even mainstream can produce really good pop music. And that’s what Camila is.
Her song “Havana” (the city where she was born) featuring rapper Young Thug has yet reached 465 million views on YouTube and has accomplished those nine digit numbers that even Fifth Harmony hit.
“She effortlessly toggles between English and Spanish on the sun-kissed, steel drum-flecked “Inside Out.” It’s on these songs that Camila makes its strongest argument for Cabello as a unique force, one who can churn out pop hybrids that perfectly suit a shifting pop climate and a changing country.” (Pitchfork)
Cabello has, being away from Fifth Harmony, taken her Cuban-Mexican roots as a strenght and she is proud of them, weaving them into her music. A young woman very much aware of the rising conflicts and prejudice in the US where she lives.
“My parents’ story helps me to know what’s important in life,” Camila told the New York Times. “A lot of times you can be here and be on Twitter and you think that the world is the internet. But I know what it’s like in the places my family has come from and the struggles people go through.”
Camila gave a very strong emotional speech at the Grammy’s a few days ago: “Tonight in this room full of music’s dreamers, we remember that this country was built by dreamers, for dreamers, chasing the American dream.”
There is more to expect from Camila Cabello, both of her music and her perception as a potential role model.