Mérida, Yucatán — With a message of courage and freedom, and with the city as her soundstage, the Mexican singer María León this weekend premiered the music video “Amor Ilegal” (“Illegal Love”).
The song is the first single from “Inquebrantable” (“Unbreakable”), her debut solo album.
In little more than three minutes, Léon and a dance partner swirl from the iconic Monumento a la Patria, along a colorful La Ermita street and through the photogenic La Negrita cantina, where she hops the counter and dances in strappy high heels. Then she covers her eyes and falls backwards into her dance partner’s arms.
The “Sargento” León then heads to the glamorous pavilion at Hacienda Santa Cruz, where a mini-drama plays out and gives meaning to the song’s name. By now, it’s nighttime and the actors are in glittery evening wear. They’re joined by a third party, a woman who spotted María León back at La Negrita.
“This theme defends free love towards something or someone, breaking paradigms … regardless of what other people think,” says the 32-year-old celebrity, who also stars in telenovelas.
“I trust that the video will generate a connection with people and thus we will help them to go out and look for the things that make them free and full,” says the former vocalist for the group Playa Limbo. She is accompanied by hip hop artist Morenito de Fuego, who adds an urban touch to the song.
María León visited Yucatán at the end of 2017, when she saw henequen haciendas, splashed in cenotes, toured parks and recorded vlogs for her YouTube channel.