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Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez, 9 August 1972, Carolina de Príncipe, Antioquia, Colombia. Latin pop singer-songwriter and guitarist Juanes is the biggest star in the history of his native Colombia and arguably the most successful artist to emerge from the Latin crossover scene of the late 90s and early 00s. His idealistic songwriting is informed by the experience of growing up in a troubled country beset by political chicanery and an ungovernable drug trade.
The young Aristizábal was taught to play the guitar by his father and older brothers and from an early age was set on a music career. Despite grounding himself in the folk tradition of his native country his first professional experience was in the rock genre, helping found the rock band Ekhymosis in 1990. Over the course of eight years with Ekhymosis he became a household name in Colombia and recorded several albums with the band. After leaving the band at...