We love them because they bring summer to our lives no matter what the season, and Mandinga are brightening our post-Eurovision depression by delivering summer early.

Their new single “Besame“, Spanish for “kiss me”, dropped a few days after Eurovision and has already racked up more than 620,000 views on Youtube.

The group promised us a new sound with their new music, replacing their usual Latin and jazz fusion with a mixture of Latin and R&B. By the sounds of “Besame”, they’re keeping their word!

Joining the likes of Mariya Yaremchuk, who frolicked on the beach in her latest music video, the group have us jealous as they enjoy the surf, sand and sun of a decidedly tropical clime.

The group’s new front-woman — the Spanish starlet Barbara Isasi — serves vocals, face and body as she walks around in a two-piece, vogues on the shoreline and rubs against a tree. What can’t this woman do?

We don’t know. But we do know that she’s been making waves in her adopted country by reaching the knockout rounds on The Voice of Romania as well as providing the vocals for DJ Sava’s single “Nena.” Get it, girl.

Even though Mandinga have experienced more lineup changes than the Sugababes, the future is certainly looking bright for the Eurovision 2012 stars.

With a successful single following their viral salsa covers of Adele’s “Hello” and Charlie Puth’s “We Don’t Talk Anymore”, the group have us waiting in anticipation for their next single. While we wait we’ll happily bob along to “Besame”.

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Djhollyproject
3 years ago

You are right mandinga without Helen Ionescu are no longer those who sang at the Eurovision song contest 2012 in Baku. They made better music than they are now. The new song in Spanish remembers much the Cuban rhythm. I heard the solo songs of helena Ionescu are a lot of pop music except two songs one is ballad style and another is a kind of mixed reggeton pop.

M_K
M_K
3 years ago

It’s that typical late-1980s through mid-1990s summer beach sound that feels a little worn-out but is still kinda pleasant. Nice, but forgettable.

Their 2012 entry was never among my favourites, it had kind of a “cold” feeling, but I prefer the new lead singer.

sat
sat
3 years ago

And…Elena (Romania 2009 – as solo singer) was the first vocalist of Mandinga, then Elena Ionescu (Romania 2012 – with Mandinga), and now a new vocalist Barbara Isasi.

sat
sat
3 years ago

Mandinga was created during the time when all Europe was singing Latino music (2002) and they are still here because they are very serious and professional. It doesn’t matter the genre if you are serious about making music.

Portuguese Fan
Portuguese Fan
3 years ago

Mandinga without Elena Ioenescu isn’t Mandinga…