Juan Luis Guerra

It's nearly impossible to write a concise description of Juan Luis Guerra that sums up his accomplishments and accurately conveys just what he has meant to not only the tropical genre. Especially within about 200 words — it's a little like trying to dig a ditch with a spoon or plugging a dam with your finger or sedating Paula Abdul with Percocet... You get the picture. Fact is, few in Latin music have accomplished as much as the Dominican singer, songwriter, and producer. Since the inception of his group, Juan Luis Guerra y 440, the Berklee grad has been winning the hearts of fans and the respect of the recording industry with well-deserved ease. What Latino hasn't danced to songs like "Bilirrubina" or "Burbujas de Amor"? Would anyone argue that "Ojala Que Llueva Cafe" isn't a true jam?  

Guerra's latest work has only continued the tradition of excellence begun by those classics. There's a reason his most recent record, 2007's La Llave de Mi Corazon, nabbed him a Grammy in the general market, five Latin Grammys, and four Billboard awards. Little secret: It's just that good.

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Christopher Lopez