Havana (Camila Cabello) String Quartet arrangement
Instrument : 2 violin, viola, cello
Key : G minor
Duration : 3′
Havana is a song recorded by Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello. It featuring guest vocals from American rapper Young Thug. The song was released on August 3, 2017 as a promotional single from her debut studio album Camila (2018). The song became an international success, reaching number one in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Scotland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The song “Havana” is a mid-tempo track, and lyrically finds the singer embracing her Cuban heritage. Cabello sings the chorus over Latin-influenced piano riffs and rhythm. The melody’s chord progression constantly switching between Gm—E♭—D7 and Gm—E♭maj7—D7.
Cabello shared a 26-second preview of the short film for “Havana” on October 22, 2017 through her YouTube channel. The video featured appearances by Lele Pons as Bella, LeJuan James as Grandma Abuelita, Noah Centineo as Cabello’s love interest, Marco DelVecchio as the twins Juan and Rodrigo and Mikey Pesante as the dancer. It was directed by Dave Meyers and was released on October 24, 2017.
The music video starts with Karla, played by Cabello, watching a telenovela, before being interrupted by her grandmother, who turns off the TV and advises her to live her life instead of spending her days indoors. Karla then leaves the house to go see a movie. The film she is watching, called Camila in Havana, takes the form of a music video, starring a version of herself wearing a fringe-covered red dress and performing at a club. Aside from appearing as Karla, Cabello also plays the telenovela actress and the movie protagonist. After the film ends, she leaves the cinema and stumbles across a cyclist, also the male protagonist of the film, and begins dancing with him. As of April 2018, the video has received 570 million views on YouTube.