“It all started three years ago, when I arrived in Medellin to visit my mother,” Juanes, a special guest of the Miami Book Fair, begins to tell the story of the book in hand. Her biography, bearing her name, was written in collaboration with journalist Diego Londoño, who accompanied her to the Chapman Conference Center at Miami-Dade College.
Juanes was published for Antioqueño’s birthday. There was three years of joint work. “It was also written through the eyes of many other people,” the Grammy-winning artist continued. “Family, friends, people at work, people who love me, people who hate me… and here we are.”
The story begins with the birth of a child in the city of Carolina del Príncipe and continues to the present when, as an adult, he is an internationally renowned musician and artist, having sold over 20 million albums worldwide Huh.
“It is the story of a family that has its roots in a town north of Antioquia, which arrives in the city of Medellin on a street called Argentina,” said the journalist. It was a house full of music.
Juan’s father sings Gardel
“Ever since I can remember, my father always used to sing in the house. My brothers also sang. Lots of popular Latin American music. For example, Carlos Gardel was a mythical character in my household: my dad and my older brother sang of him. Los Visconti, Los Chalchaleros, Lucho Gatica, Los Panchos, Diomedes Diaz, Octavio Mesa, Joe Arroyo… They all had a great influence on my childhood,” said the singer.
And he had three or four guitars in his house, the reporter said.
“Yes, I have pictures with guitars bigger than me. Since we lived in the center of Medellin, I had a very closed childhood. I went to school, came back and couldn’t leave the house, there was a lot of traffic, it was very chaotic. But it was also a very happy childhood. All of us brothers were very close—and are—and when we’d get home from school, at 2 in the afternoon, we’d have lunch and start playing. By ear: We didn’t have any training. It was pure love for music.
At school he discovered that his musical culture had not gone from alpha to omega.
“It was the boom of Menudo by Luis Miguel, and I didn’t know them because we only listened to popular Latin American music.” His curiosity peaked in high school, where other teenagers like him talked about rock and metal.