Latin rock artist Juanes draws from his Columbian background and offers a sampling of his culture through music.
After the jump: The “one song to keep on your playlist,” plus the music video!
One song to keep on your playlist is “Me Enamora” (It Makes Me Fall in Love), featured on his most recent original album, La Vida…es un Ratico (Life is a Little Moment). A “live” version of this album was re-released in 2008.
“Me Enamora” has a powerful introduction that immediately catches your attention, and throughout the entire song, there is good balance of vocals and instruments. If you love Juanes’ amazing guitar solos, La Vida…es un Ratico is for you–it’s full of them. You might find yourself moving to mesmerizing beat, I usually do.
In this song, Juanes sings about the love he cannot live without. In short, love gives life meaning. The strong messages in Juanes’ songs cause me to reflect on the past and consider the present.
Juanes has received multiple Grammys and Latin Grammys awards and made strides in humanitarian work. Juanes’ efforts to improve the wellbeing of Columbia, his native country, led him to establish the Mi Sangre Foundation to help victims of landmines. A couple of Juanes’ songs provide insight into the life of the disadvantaged.
Juanes’ songs are produced exclusively in Spanish, but that does not hinder his international appeal. “La Camisa Negra” (The Black Shirt) was one of Juanes’ first hit singles in 2005. The song was popular in the Latin community as well as in Germany, where it topped charts.
Juanes will be recognized later this year as one of the top Latin songwriters in 2009 at Broadcast Music Inc‘s annual BMI Latin Awards, set for March 4 in Las Vegas. Juanes has also been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine, won the Columbian National Peace Prize in late 2009 and recently named the Billboard Latin Star of the Decade.
–Diana, Music Reporter
**SMAG wants to know: What do you think about Juanes? Should he stick to only Spanish-language songs? What’s your favorite Juanes song? Which song has the best guitar solo?