Maluma has tapped The Weeknd for a remix of his song “Hawái,” which originally appeared on his latest album Papi Juancho.
The remix’s accompanying video treatment stars The Weeknd as he serenades the camera from a dimly lit nightclub in both English and Spanish. Maluma then joins the R&B crooner up onstage to wrap up the song.
Maluma sang The Weeknd’s praises in an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, as ET Online reported. “Bro, he killed it, because he’s a real artist,” the Colombian artist said. “For him, it was like he was doing reggaeton for his whole life. And I knew that his voice in the song could work amazing. And that’s what happened.”
Maluma said that The Weeknd practically took ownership of the track: “At the beginning, when I listened to the first verse when he just started the song… I was like, ‘Bro, this sounds like The Weeknd’s song.’ I couldn’t believe how good it was mixing his vocals with my vocals. And man, yeah, I’m blessed. I’m very happy. This is a huge moment for the Latin culture.”
Maluma released Papi Juancho in August. Last year, the reggaeton artist teamed up with J Balvin on “Qué Pena” and Madonna on “Medellín.” On the other hand, The Weeknd recently appeared on Ariana Grande’s new album, Positions.
Watch the video for The Weeknd’s remix of “Hawái” below: