Maluma teased fans with an image of him with a woman’s belly leading them to believe “Maluma baby” was going to be more than a catchphrase. They were wrong though. The Colombian singer surprised everyone by dropping a new album on Thursday, his “baby” turned out to be 7 Días En Jamaica, a visual album with seven tracks and accompanying videos. He took to Instagram Live that day, which was also his 27th birthday, to announce the album minutes before its release with the hashtag “I am going to be a dad and this is going to be my fifth kid because it’s my fifth album,” Maluma told the more than 100,000 people that connected to an Instagram Live he hosted just minutes #7dj.
“I am going to be a dad and this is going to be my fifth kid because it’s my fifth album,” Maluma told the more than 100,000 people that connected. “And the baby is born in 30 minutes. It’s my sixth child… For the people who thought I was going to be a dad. This is my new baby, 7 Días En Jamaica,” he said in Spanish. “This is a project that I’ve been working on for a long time.”
The track “Tonika” kicks off the album mixing reggeaton with reggae featuring Ziggy Marley while “Desayun-Arte” is classic Maluma with a mix of urban beats and sensual lyrics. 7 Días En Jamaica is about 25 minutes long and available on his Youtube channel. He shared that while in Jamaica he worked with producers and composers to release this album before his August 2020 release Papi Juancho. Due to Covid-19 they delayed the album release so as to be able to film the videos.
“Those seven days in Jamaica came at a time when I needed to escape and decompress as I had intensely worked non-stop on my career for seven years and I was questioning if I should even continue doing music,” Maluma said in a statement. “I did a lot of soul-searching there and came back a different person, completely inspired and having realized that music is not just what I do, its part of who I am; how I experience and interpret life.”
The singer is already having a big year with this new release and his upcoming big screen debut in the film Marry Me co-starring Jennifer Lopez. Described as Notting Hill meets The Proposal, J.Lo’s character will play a pop star who discovers her rock star fiancé, played by Maluma, is cheating on her moments before they tie the knot and she then meets a new love interest played by Owen Wilson