I grew up with Julio Iglesias’ music in the family home. His third child Enrique is now a mega famous singer himself.
Returning from Soroa, Rocío and I were walking to our accommodation in Old Havana (Habana Vieja) when we arrived to a closed road. On Cárdenas Street people and film production equipment surrounded its notable art nouveau houses.
Rocío asked around and discovered they were recording an Enrique Iglesias music video, although he was nowhere to be seen. We hung around for a while before dropping bags off at our accommodation, later returning to the set.
Little seemed to be happening although a man with a white beard appeared important given the attention paid to him by others.
We noticed people focusing on the house left of the green one.
Then a rope was lifted across the road and a greater sense of urgency ensued. The crew appeared to be recording in the room and observing footage from an outside monitor.
From a distance we managed the odd peak inside. The centre of attention was a man seated wearing what resembled a haircutting cape. Not knowing what Enrique Iglesias looked like I suggested to Rocío that it could be him. She disagreed. Indeed, the photo below doesn’t look like Enrique’s publicity shots but I think it is him without the usual hair product, make-up or baseball cap.
Later I learned the production was for the Spanish language single Subeme La Radio by Enrique Iglesias featuring Cuban singer Descemer Bueno and Puerto Rico duo Zion & Lennox. The street scenes in the clip below were shot on Cárdenas Street prior to our arrival. It doesn’t appear any footage from the room made the video which, crazily, has received more than 1 billion views.
On our first afternoon in Cuba we saw Plácido Domingo. On our final evening we stumbled upon an Enrique Iglesias video shoot. I can understand how Cuba is nicknamed land of miracles!