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Juanes - The lowdown


Feature by Jack Foley

JUANES is currently one of the hottest names in the music industry. Named by Time Magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people, he is very much an artist on the rise.

But who is he? A native of Medellín, his first band was named Ekhymosis, before he decided to go solo and really make a name for himself.

His debut solo album, Fíjate Bien (Take A Good Look) was released in 2000 and quickly earned him three Latin Grammys: Best New Artist, Best Rock Solo Vocal Album and Best Rock Song.

Its follow-up, 2000’s Un Día Normal (A Normal Day), became a platinum mega-hit in Latin America and once again dominated that year’s Latin Grammys, winning all five of the awards it was nominated for.

Thanks to a duet with Portuguese-Canadian singer Nelly Furtado, called Fotografía, it also helped Juanes to attract attention beyond South America.

Buoyed by the success of that album, Juanes wasted no time in putting together his latest – and most globally successful effort – Mi Sangre (My Blood), which was released in September 2004 and went straight to No.1 on the Latin Billboard charts.

Needless to say, further success at the 2005 Latin Grammys followed, with Juanes winning three additional awards – for Best Rock Song (Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor/I’m Worth Nothing Without Your Love), Best Rock Solo Album (Mi Sangre) and Best Music Video (Volverte a Ver/See You Again).

The tireless singer-songwriter has also garnered acclaim for his work outside of music, having been honoured by Adopt-A-Minefield for his work as a Goodwill Ambassador for United for Colombia, a non-profit organisation that raises awareness about the impact of landmines within Colombia.

In England, Juaes’ appeal is growing. A London date at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in March sold out in less than an hour, while he is set to release a new single, La Camisa Negra (The Black Shirt) on April 17 (ahead of the UK release of his album).

The song in question is an excellent introduction to the Juanes formula for success. It’s about mourning the end of a relationship and the black shirt of the title is designed as a sign of mourning or bad feelings.

You can get a taster of what to expect by watching the video

Read our review of the album

  1. I’m learning spanish as a GCSE,and I feel that Juanes and his music is not only educational but is great to listen to in my own time. I think that there should be more artists like juanes-both spanish and English-who truly capture the essence of music.
    gracias juanes por tu fenomenal musica.adios

    joanna    Apr 28    #