The Legends: Juanes
In his native Medellín, Colombia, Juanes had played heavy metal, inspired by the music of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin. His fusion, known as rock en español, has brought rock music right into the heart of Latin culture. Watch LATIN MUSIC USA on Friday, April 28 and Friday, May 5 at 9/8C on PBS (check local listings).
SMITS: Performed on a global stage, the music of Juanes,
one of Latin music's brightest stars,
expresses the same duality.
JUANES: I sing in Spanish
because for me, singing in Spanish represents my essence,
but I play my guitar in English.
SMITS: In his native Medellín, Colombia,
Juanes had played heavy metal,
inspired by the music of Metallica, Iron Maiden,
He arrived in Los Angeles in 1998.
JUANES: So I realized that I never was going to be
like the other guys,
you know, the bands that I used to listen to, so I just say,
"Okay, I don't want to feel ashamed of being a Colombian.
"I just want to be proud of that,
"and I want to bring all the elements from my essence
and just mix it with the elements of rock music."
SMITS: This fusion, known as "rock en español,"
has brought rock music right into the heart of Latin culture.
JUANES: Most of the people think about Latin music
just as one kind of music,
and then when you understand Latin music is so rich
and so diverse and you can find from metal, punk, reggaetón,
to pop, salsa, vallenato;
and it's like an ocean, you know, of different elements.