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Encyclopedia > Juan Luis Guerra
Juan Luis Guerra
Juan Luis Guerra during a concert in Boston, MA.
Juan Luis Guerra during a concert in Boston, MA.
Background information
Born June 7, 1957 (1957-06-07) (age 50)
Origin Flag of the Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Genre(s) Merengue, Bachata, Salsa
Notable instrument(s)
Guitar, piano.

Juan Luis Guerra (born June 7, 1957 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is one of the most internationally recognized Dominican singer/songwriters. His pop style of merengue and bolero and Afro-pop/Latin fusion have garnered him considerable success outside the Dominican Republic. Juan Luis Guerra is sometimes associated with the popular Dominican music called bachata, and while this association is partially true, he actually uses the basics of bachata rhythm with a more bolero feel to the melodies in some of his songs. But he does not limit himself to one style of music, so he incorporates diverse rhythms like merengue, salsa, balada, rock & roll, and gospel. "Ojalá que llueva café" is one of his most acclaimed pieces. Image File history File links Juanluisguerra1. ... June 7 is the 158th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (159th in leap years), with 207 days remaining. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Dominican_Republic. ... It has been suggested that Greater Santo Domingo Area be merged into this article or section. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Merengue is a type of lively, joyful music and dance that comes from the Dominican Republic. ... Bachata is a form of music and dance that originated in the countryside and rural marginal neighborhoods of Dominican Republic. ... Salsa music is a diverse and predominantly Spanish Caribbean genre that is popular across Latin America and among Latinos. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... June 7 is the 158th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (159th in leap years), with 207 days remaining. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... It has been suggested that Greater Santo Domingo Area be merged into this article or section. ... Merengue can mean either: A style of music from Hispainolia based from either Domininican or Haitian origin [1][2]  ; see merengue music See also Méringue, style of music. ... The bolero is a type of dance and musical form. ... Bachata is a form of music and dance that originated in the countryside and rural marginal neighborhoods of Dominican Republic. ... Merengue is a type of lively, joyful music and dance that comes from the Dominican Republic. ... Salsa music is a diverse and predominantly Spanish Caribbean genre that is popular across Latin America and among Latinos. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Gospel music is a musical genre characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a religious nature, particularly Christian. ...

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Education

After studying philosophy and literature for a year at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Guerra switched to the Conservatorio Nacional de Música. Guerra was a great admirer, at this time, of the Beatles music. The Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) was the first university of the new world. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ...


After finishing his studies at the Santo Domingo conservatory, Guerra went to the Berklee College of Music in Boston to study composition and arranging in 1979. Berklee College of Music, founded in 1945, is an independent music college in Boston, Massachusetts with many prominent faculty, staff, alumni, and visiting artists. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Suffolk County Settled 1630 Incorporated (city) 1822 Government  - Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D) Area  - City  89. ...


Career

Juan Luis Guerra in concert in Madrid, Spain, July 2005.
Juan Luis Guerra in concert in Madrid, Spain, July 2005.

After his return to the Dominican Republic, he released his first album, Soplando (1984) with a group of local musicians which subsequently became known as Juan Luis Guerra y 440. Note that the band's name in Spanish is officially publicized as Cuatro Cuarenta (Four Forty), a shortening of the normally strict reading of number four hundred and forty. The 440 part of the band's name refers to the standard tuning of A440. Reportedly the name for the band came from a practice session where Juan Luis's brother suggested the name, because the name would reflect how "in-tune and precise they were." Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A440 is the 440 Hz tone that serves as the standard for musical pitch. ...


Two albums followed, Mudanza y Acarreo and Mientras más lo pienso ... tú. The band garnered some fame in their country.


Their next album, in 1989, brought them international fame. Ojalá que Llueva Cafe (If only it would rain coffee), a slow melodic number with superfast background tracks, became a number one hit in many Latin American countries, with the hit song of the same name. Subsequently, a video of the hit song was filmed and Juan Luis Guerra and his 440 band began touring. (The song's fame was revived in 1996 with a cover by Café Tacuba). In 1990, they released their next album, Bachata Rosa, which became a major hit and earned him his first Grammy award. The album, having sold more than 5 million copies at that time, allowed Guerra to keep touring Latin America, USA and Europe. This album contains memorable love songs such as "Burbujas de amor" (Bubbles of Love), the self-hit "Bachaata Rosa", "Rosalia", "Como Abeja al Panal" ("Like a Bee to the Beehive"), "A Pedir Su Mano" ("To Ask For Your Hand"), "Carta De Amor", and "Estrellitas y Duendes" ("Little stars and elves"). Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Café Tacuba (often spelled Café Tacvba) is a Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Award-winning musical group from Naucalpan, Mexico. ...


Guerra became a controversial figure in the Dominican Republic after he released his next album, Areito. "Areito" (1992), featured the hit single "El costo de la vida," ("The Cost of Living/Cost of Life") but the video version was banned in several countries.


He protested against the poor conditions in many Latin American countries, the celebration of the discovery of the Americas "(1492)", and the double standard policies of first world nations. ('Areito' is a Tai­no word for song and dance). Reconstruction of a Taíno village in Cuba The Taíno are pre-Columbian indigenous inhabitants of the Bahamas, Greater Antilles, and some of the Lesser Antilles. ...


That situation might have had something to do with his next album, Fogaraté (1995), where he stayed away from recording any protest songs.


One of his most recent albums, Ni es lo Mismo ni es Igual (It's not the Same nor is it Equal) (1998), garnered much critical acclaim. It won three Latin Grammys in 2000. It's hits include "Mi PC" (My PC), "Quisiera" (I Would Like To), and "El Niagara En Bicicleta".


In 2004, Guerra released his first new album in six years. Entitled "Para Ti" (For you), the album's songs are mostly religious in nature, reflecting Guerra's conversion to Evangelical Christianity. With this album the singer won two awards at the 2005 Billboards in the categories of Gospel-Pop and Tropical-Merengue, for the hit single Las Avispas, being this the first time ever that the same song wins these two categories at the same time. Other hits included "Para Ti" and "Soldado" (Soldier). In the same time, Guerra was honored with the Latino Special Award for the Music Academy of Spain for his contributions to the music of his country and the Caribbean in the last 20 years. Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      The word evangelicalism often refers to... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is a monotheistic... Roadside billboards frequently encourage passersby to visit local businesses. ... “West Indian” redirects here. ...


Guerra is the uncle-in-law of Miss Universe 2003, Amelia Vega. In January 2006, Juan Luis performed at Berklee's 60th anniversary along with other artist such as Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Michel Camilo and Chiara Chivello. Miss Universe is an annual international female beauty contest, and the title for the winner of the contest, founded in 1952 by California clothing company Pacific Mills. ... Victoria Amelia Vega Polanco (born November 7, 1984 in Santiago de los Caballeros, Santiago, Dominican Republic), known simply as Amelia Vega, is a Dominican woman who won the Miss Universe contest held in Panama City, Panama on June 3, 2003, becoming the first Dominican woman ever to win the Miss...


In 2006, he recorded with famous artists Diego Torres in "Abriendo Caminos" and with Maná in "Bendita luz". He has also opened the concert of The Rolling Stones in Puerto Rico and was invited by Sting to sing with him in a concert at Altos de Chavón, La Romana in Domincan Republic. At the Premio Lo Nuestro awards in 2007, he was given the honorary lifetime achievement award. He also performed the lead single of his new album, "La Llave De Mi Corazon." 2007. See also: 2006 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2006 Record labels established in 2006 other events of 2006 list of years in music 2000s in music R&B Music Hits of 2006 // January – James Nicholl, drummer of Pay*Ola became ill and was admitted to hospital. ... Diego Antonio Caccia Torres (born March 9, 1971 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an Argentinean pop singer and composer. ... Maná is a three-time Grammy Award and five-time Latin Grammy Award-winning Mexican rock band from Guadalajara whose career has spanned almost three decades. ... “Rolling Stones” redirects here. ... This article is about the musician. ...


La llave de mi corazón has been #1 song In Billboard charts for four consecutive weeks, #1 selling album in Colombia and it keeps climbing the charts in other countries.


He has recorded in English, the song "July 14th" in Fogaraté(1995), and more recently "Medicine for my soul" and" Something good" with Italian singer Chiara Chivello. Some of his songs are both in English and Spanish such as "Woman Del Callao", "Guavaberry", "Señorita" and more recently "La Llave de mi corazón".


Juan Luis Guerra will be honored at the Latin Grammy Awards of 2007 as Person of the Year (Persona Del Año). The 8th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will be held on November 8, 2007 in Las Vegas, NV. The host venue is the Mandalay Bay Events Centers Arena at Mandalay Bay. ...


Discography

Soplando Is The First Album made by the Dominican Songwriter and musician Juan Luis Guerra and his group 440. ... Mudanza Y Acarreo Is The Second Album of the famous songwriter and musician Juan Luis Guerra Juan Luis Guerra Juan Luis Guerra Discography Categories: | | ... This Is Juan Luis Guerra 4th Album and its the one that converts him as a National Star and creates a Fan base for him outside the Dominican Republic, Mientras Mas Lo pienso Tu Mientras Mas Lo Pienso Tu 1- Guavaberry 2- Tú 3- Amor de conuco 4- No... Ojala Que llueva Cafe is an album by Juan Luis Guerra. ... No Es lo Mismo Ni Es igual is the Eight album of Juan Luis Guerra taken out in 1998. ... // Para ti is Juan Luis Guerras Ninth album. ... is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

Reference

The following is a list of major composers by nationality: // Simon Gjoni (1926–1991), 20th century composer of orchestral and piano pieces Carlos Guastavino (1912–2000), composer of Romantic and folk influenced music Aram Khachaturian (1903–1978), 20th century composer famous for his ballet Gayane see the List of German...

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