Juan Luis Guerra

Genres: Latin World Music
Descriptive "tags": merengue latin bachata salsa spanish dominican republic Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Official Homepage Wikipedia

Biography

7 June 1957, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The multi-talented Guerra began the 90s as the hottest property in the international Latin market with a fusion of pop, merengue and bachata dubbed ‘World Latin Music’ by former Billboard Latin music columnist Carlos Agudelo.

The son of a baseball star, Guerra was raised in the middle-class neighbourhood of Gazcue in the Dominican Republic’s capital city, Santo Domingo. Despite listening to many rock artists in his teens such as the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Humble Pie, he favoured jazz guitar, and in 1980, he began studies at Berklee College Of Music in Boston, USA. He discovered at a college party that he could attract more attention playing a merengue percussion instrument than his beloved jazz guitar. His first albums (Soplando, Mudanza Y Acarreo and Mientras Más Lo Pienso... Tú) emphasized the close-harmony work of his vocal group 4.40, a tropicalized...

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