He’s touring all over Europe this fall and his Eurovision number “Soldi” is still going strong. And now Mahmood is keeping the momentum going with the release of a new single titled “Barrio“.
With “Barrio” — that’s Spanish for neighborhood — Mahmood continues the theme of connectivity we saw in “Soldi”. Once again he builds the song around relationships — in this instance friendships — creating an ode to the every day.
“Barrio”was created with the production team of Dardust and Charlie Charles. They also worked together on the summer hit “Calipso”, which achieved platinum status in Italy. “Calipso” co-writer Davide Petrella also contributed to Mahmood’s latest effort.
“Barrio”: Everything you need to know about Mahmood’s new track
A Latin slap in the face, the track comes with a contemporary beat that mixes exotic elements like a flamenco guitar with Mahmood’s signature sound. Inspired by the great Francisco Tarerega, who composed the well-known piece “Capricho Arabe” back in 1892, it unites Arabic and Spanish culture.
But this isn’t a lazy fusion with some urban backing. Mahmood wants to take things in a new direction, as he revealed in an interview with Italian news outlet Corriere Della Sera. He was determined not to repeat himself and avoided putting out another urban and trap crossover track.
But mixing culture and origins is always worth repeating, and he does this with great skill. The Spanish-language title “Barrio” implies community — and all the struggles, challenges and joys that can entail. And dropping the Egyptian goddess Isis in the lyrics conveys the magnanimity that neighbors can bring. The goddess was known to invoke healing spells to benefit ordinary people.
The music video for “Barrio” is set for a September 2 release. Attilio Cusani is the director. He was also in charge of the “Soldi” video, which has clocked up more than 100 million views to date. After perusing the teasers that are out so far, we can say rather confidently that Mahmood is about to drop another piece of visual pleasure.
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