Latin Music USA

S1 E8 | CLIP

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).

AIRED: October 18, 2009 | 0:02:03
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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,

Led Zeppelin.

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.

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