How many musicians do you know who have had their music put on several radio stations simultaneously for 12 hours straight? And who have also won 5 Latin Grammy Awards in the same night? With an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music, one of the most important conservatories in the world?
If your answer was Juan Luis Guerra, you are right! Born in Dominican Republic, his career spans more than 20 years, during which he has sold over 20 million records worldwide. His first singles were in the musical style of merengue, a popular dance genre in Latin America.
Bachata, another Dominican music genre, was popularized worldwide by Juan Luis Guerra. Many of his best compositions are a mix of this soft and romantic style with elements of pop, jazz and classical music. The following song is just an example of what happens to an already beautiful genre when it is put in the hands of a genius like him.