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Rosalía unveils new single "SAOKO" and shares release date for MOTOMAMI album

04 February 2022, 10:51 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Rosalía has released her new single "SAOKO", as well as announcing the release date for her highly-anticipated album MOTOMAMI.

"SAOKO" is the second outing from Rosalía's MOTOMAMI album, following last year's "LA FAMA" featuring The Weeknd, and is accompanied by a Valentin Petit-directed video.

Rosalía says of the release, "Naming my next track "SAOKO" and sampling Yankee and Wisin for me is the most direct homage I can make to classic reggaeton, a genre that I love and that has been a constant and great inspiration throughout the MOTOMAMI project."

"I started "SAOKO's" beat playing the upright piano at Electric Lady's Studio B in NY, I remember it like it was yesterday," Rosalía continues. "It was at night and making this beat seemed as fun as driving a Lambo. I then distorted this piano and added some classic reggaeton drums from a library that NaisGai had sent me some time ago, which by the way is something very special to me because this library has been passed from one generation of producers to another for a long time."

Rosalía adds, "Before starting this track I kept thinking that I wanted to see some jazz touches in a reggaeton track and sampling Wisin and Yankee's iconic track seemed like the best way for me to open the song. I also thank Noah, David, Dylan and Uzi for sharing this creative process with me."

"If you notice, the lyrics revolve around the same concept: transformation," Rosalía concludes. "Each and every phrase is an image of transformation. Celebrating transformation, celebrating change. Celebrating that you are always yourself even though you are in constant transformation or even that you are you more than ever at the very moment you are changing."

As well as releasing "SAOKO", today (4 February), Rosalía has announced the release date for her MOTOMAMI album, which will follow 2018's El Mal Querer. The full tracklist is yet to be revealed.

Rosalía's "SAOKO" single is out now. Her MOTOMAMI album will arrive 18 March.
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