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15 Latin Artists Who Became Musical Idols

27/03/2024

15 Latin Artists Who Became Musical Idols Listen to iconic Latin musicians across genres in this playlist and read about how they've influenced Berklee students.

By

Andrea Recalde

March 26, 2024

Within Latin music, a select few artists have crossed borders and genres to become true idols, resonating with audiences worldwide through their chart-topping hits and culture-shifting artistry.

Many of these artists have been featured in Berklees annual dolos Latinos showcase. In this playlist, dive into the stories of 15 such artists featured in this years showcase concert (March 28 at the Berklee Performance Center) and discover what their music means to the student performers interpreting their songs onstage. Through their diverse perspectives, we can gain deeper insights into the impact of these idols, offering a more nuanced view of their lyrics, styles, and music.

Listen to the playlist below, and read on to learn more about each artist and see what Berklee students say about them.

Tracklist and Notes1. Caballo Viejo, Sim n D azSim n D az (1928-2014) was a Venezuelan singer, composer, and actor, celebrated as one of the most influential figures in Venezuelan music. Born in Barbacoas, T chira State, D az's career began in the 1950s, blending traditional Venezuelan folk music with contemporary elements to create a distinctive sound. He became widely known for his compositions, such as Caballo Viejo and Tonada de Luna Llena. His charismatic personality and contributions to Venezuelan culture earned him the nickname T o Sim n (Uncle Sim n). He is a symbolic figure of Venezuelan folklore and music and will forever be revered for his talent and cultural impact.

I grew up listening to him, and thanks to him, Venezuelan folkloric music had a bigger stage in Caracas' music industry, says Valentina Garcia, interpreting him at the dolos showcase. If it weren't for his influence, I probably wouldn't be at Berklee. . . . No matter which part of the world you are in, we can all relate to his lyrics. The love and respect with which he treats and discusses all of the elements of his lyrics inspire me so much and makes me feel connected to the music when I perform these songs.

2. El Alma en Los Labios, Julio JaramilloJulio Jaramillo (1935-1978) was an Ecuadorian singer known for his powerful voice and emotional performances in the pasillo, bolero, and vals genres. He earned the nickname El Ruise or de Am rica (the Nightingale of America) for his iconic contributions to Latin American music. Despite a tragic personal life marked by struggles with alcoholism, Jaramillos passionate singing and enduring hits like Nuestro Juramento and the classic El Aguacate continue to inspire fans across the region even after his death.

I grew up listening to boleros, waltzes, and tangos, and as a singer-songwriter, these genres shaped how I write and compose, says Luisa Yamille, who will interpret Jaramillo at the showcase. The song I am performing is very vulnerable and emotional, and during this process, I have learned a lot about connecting with the lyrics, the audience, and the artists intent. . . . The genre resonates with me, with my writing style, and has been a great inspiration for me in these months.

3. Reggaeton Latino, Don OmarDon Omar, born William Omar Landr n Rivera in Puerto Rico in 1978, is a renowned reggaeton artist and actor. In the early 2000s, he became an essential figure in the genres global expansion. His breakout hit Dale Don Dale catapulted him to success, followed by numerous chart-topping singles like Dile and Reggaeton Latino. He achieved widespread recognition with albums such as The Last Don and King of Kings, solidifying his status as a reggaeton icon.

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Laura Prias speaks to this, saying, The stage presence that is necessary to be able to sing in this genre is what has captivated me. Nothing is [really] sung; its more spoken, but [you] always remember the attitude with which you say things. . . . Don Omar always manages a very intense vibe. Still, it never feels overacted or exaggerated. . . . He has three things that I dont think many people consider when listening to him: attitude, connection with the audience, and intonation.

4. Te He Querido, Te He Llorado, Ivy QueenIvy Queen, born Martha Ivelisse Pesante Rodr guez in 1972 in Puerto Rico, is a renowned reggaeton artist and songwriter. She became a prominent figure in the genre during the late 1990s and early 2000s, thanks to her powerful voice, provocative lyrics, and fierce persona. Ivy Queens breakthrough album Diva (2003) propelled her to international fame with hits like Quiero Bailar and Te He Querido, Te He Llorado. She has been recognized for her contributions to reggaeton as a female artist, breaking stereotypes and paving the way for future generations.

I am learning that I want to feel empowered and confident in my boldness, prominent character, and personality, says Elianny Perez, who is taking on her role in the showcase. Her great way of encouraging assertive and playful femininity has stuck out to me.

5. En Barranquilla Me Quedo, Joe ArroyoJoe Arroyo (1955-2011) was a Colombian singer and songwriter celebrated as one of the most influential figures in Latin music, particularly in tropical music. In the 1970s, he rose to fame as the lead singer of Fruko y sus Tesos, one of Colombias most famous salsa bands. With his powerful voice and charismatic stage presence, he became known for hits like Rebeli n and La Noche. His music blended various Caribbean rhythms with elements of Colombian folk, creating a different and vibrant array of sounds.

Ursula Eyzaguirre, who will interpret Arroyo, says, Being born and growing up in Peru helped me a lot becaus
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