It’s been almost eight months since we last heard from Portuguese-Spanish singer, Miguel
Pregueiro but he is back and has released two new singles titled “Hola” and “Loco”. These
sexy-new afro-inspired Latin beats are the latest in Miguel’s releases with overseas producers
Roc-Legion and Ramoon Musica. Following in the success of his previous single, “Solo” which
landed on stations across SA and the Heart FM Top 40, these latest offerings are starting to
cement Miguel in a sound that really resonates with the kind of artist he wants to be. “When I
first started in the industry, I had no idea what kind of music I wanted to make and I tried to
change according to what I thought people wanted to hear,” Miguel explains, ‘But now I feel like
I have really started to find my sound and I am happy with the direction I am going in with it,”
Watch the music video for “Hola” and “Loco” here – https://youtu.be/G-PPJnLhgvA
So why has it been so long since we last heard from him? He explains that the pandemic has
been a huge factor in the delay of releasing new music, “I’m an independent artist who
self-funds all my projects so when Covid hit and everything shut down, I was forced out of work
just like many other people,”. While the pandemic did put a delay in the releases, Miguel was
adamant to come back with a bang. “I had been working on these singles for a while and just
decided to release them both at the same time. My team and I decided to take a chance
creatively and merge the two singles into one music video as we saw done by the collaboration
between JLO and Maluma on their single ‘Pa Ti’,” which he cites as some of his influences in his
career. The music video is a steamy, sensual project that reflects the sexy atmosphere of the
songs. “I would say that my music is quite sexy and we wanted to bring that across in a tasteful
way in the music video. I have a small team of talented individuals that I work with on my music
videos and it always helps to be on the same page creatively,”. While Latin and Reggaeton
music aren’t big genres in South Africa, Miguel believes that his home-grown audience can still
enjoy the latest releases, “Once I found the kind of music I wanted to make, I stayed true to it
and I love being able to share it with different types of people. These two new releases are
songs that you can’t help but move to and even if it may not be your genre of choice, I am
hoping that these will be able to extend further than my normal audience and that people will
enjoy the kind of vibe I am putting out there,”
Besides being a singer-songwriter, Miguel has made a mark for himself in SA as a content
creator on platforms such as TikTok. “Lockdown pretty much encouraged me to try out TikTok
for the first time. I had never been on the platform before but once I realized how open the
platform is to different types of people and different types of content, I started to find a sweet
spot with it and the numbers grew from there,”. As an independent artist, Miguel is adamant to
use any platform he can to get himself as well as his music out there, “The more people that are
able to see me, the more I am able to grow in the industry and start to get me to the level I
would love to be at,”.
In between releasing his own original music, Miguel has become a well-known content creator on platforms such as TikTok and Instagram. He prides himself in coming up with his own original content and has found significant success in doing so.
Singer. Actor. Content Creator – Miguel Pregueiro was made for the entertainment industry.
Graduating top of his class back in 2017 from AFDA Johannesburg, Miguel specialized in music performance. Since then he has released a number of original songs that have hit the airwaves in countries such as South Africa, Brazil, Portugal, Venezuela, Spain, and more. He has been featured on platforms such as Expresso Morning Show, Afternoon Express, ENCA, Jacaranda FM, Good Hope FM, Mix FM, Channel 24, and many others here in South Africa. His previous single, ‘Solo’ charted on the Heart FM Top 40.
Internationally, he has been fortunate enough to be featured on RTP where they covered a story on his musical journey here in SA.
Olka Bolka did an interview with Miguel to find out more about him:
Miguel Pregueiro – Bio
Where were you born and raised?
Born and raised in Edenvale, Joburg.
Did you go to study after school, if so what?
Yes, I studied and graduated top of my class with a BA in Live Performance at AFDA Johannesburg.
When did you decide or realize that you want to pursue a career in music?
In my second year of studying music in 2016, I started getting booked for performances, and that is where my passion for music really began.
Tell me about your new single?
My latest single titled ‘Hola’ is an Afro-Latin inspired track with a strong sensual feel to it. The song touches on an instant connection between two people and what it is like to give into your desires. It is a song I wrote in both English and Spanish with ‘Hola’ simply meaning ‘Hello’. I wanted to create something that people could dance to and even they don’t understand the language they can still enjoy it.
Do you write your own songs?
Yes, I do
Do you have any hobbies?
Yes, my favourite hobby would have to be playing football. I play 4-5 times a week. I’m also passionate about training, going to the gym and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Tell us about yourself in a nutshell?
I would describe myself as someone who tries to be authentic in all aspects whether it’s on social media, on stage or in person. What you see is what you get. I don’t take life too seriously; some might say I’m quite the clown.
Summaries your style of music in one sentence?
Latin pop music with a dash of Afro flare.
Tell us something no one knows about you?
I can finish a rubix cube
What’s next for you, and how do you see your future?
I would like to continue releasing music and hopefully perform overseas.
What inspires you?
My favourite part of what I do is being able to see people’s reactions to me and my music. It inspires me to provide an escape for people and allow them to have a good time.
If you could sing with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
Bruno Mars because he is my favourite artist and I can’t recall him collaborating with a Latin artist, so I’d love to be the first.
2020 was a very difficult year for everyone in the entertainment industry with Covi19. How did you experience it?
2020 definitely had its ups and downs. Having previously relied primarily on live performances as my main source of income, once that was taken away, I was forced to resort to new ways of earning a living. This made me tap into content creation and collaborating with brands. 2020 was a year that showed the most growth for me as an artist in mainstream media as well as on social media.
With Covid19 there has been a complete change in our lives and we have to think outside the box to survive especially in the entertainment industry, what else are you going to do to make sure that as a singer you still have an income from can make your music?
I’ll continue to work on growing my social media accounts to maximize the opportunity for brand collaborations. By releasing more music, I can also increase the number of streams I bring in and more streams result in more money.
What is your favorite:
Bruno Mars and Maluma
Bruno Mars- Leave the door open
Actor & Actress
Álvaro Morte and Úrsula Corberó
Food and drink
Seafood and red wine
Desolate – Dominque Wolf (unreleased currently)
What do you dislike – name 4 things?
- People chewing loudly
- People touching feet while chewing loudly
- Entitled people who look down on others
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