Colombia's Juanes was raised on music: he learned guitar under the tutelage of his father and brothers, and cut his teeth on everyone from Nueva Cancion singer Silvio Rodriguez to Led Zeppelin and Eminem. He's absorbed diverse influences from around Latin America, from vallenato and salsa to punk. After a stint with Latin Rock band Ekhymosis, Juanes struck out on his own in the late 1990s. The result of his musical explorations is evident: he's got a powerful sense of dynamics that keeps the sensitivity in check with swinging rhythms and expert instrumental flourishes. No two songs on his solo albums sound alike, and the personal and political comfortably rub shoulders in his work. Even his pop-oriented efforts maintain a certain subtlety, and his Latin Grammys are clearly richly deserved. One to watch for years to come.
Juanes Concert Films
Mis Planes Son Amarte
Runtime: 1 hrAn archeologist becomes obsessed with an inexplicable finding that shakes the world. He discovers the shape of a contemporary astronaut in an ancient archaeological site. His research now leads him to the photo of a beautiful native woman of a pre-Columbian civilization. The woman is the missing link between his studies and the answers he is looking for. The archeologist goes in search of this captivating woman and embarks on a journey that will take him through the beautiful and remote landscapes of Colombia, only to find out that she is now very old. Wise and loving but old. Through her, he will discover the true meaning of life.
The scientist then becomes an astronaut and goes on an intergalactic journey back in time to find the woman in her youth. With her, he finds the absolute truth about life and the universe, and learns that the only matrix and creative energy is LOVE.
Tr3s Presents Juanes MTV Unplugged
Runtime: 1 hr 8 minInternational icon, singer, composer and Colombian guitarist, JUANES presents his first live acoustic album, “Tr3s Presents Juanes MTV Unplugged”. In both critical respect and global commercial success, Juanes has become the leading all-Spanish language music artist in the world over the course of the last decade. Both an electrifying guitarist and gifted songwriter frequently exploring the complexities of love and interpersonal emotion, he is often mentioned alongside artists such as Bono and Bruce Springsteen for his belief in the possibility of social change through music.
Juanes Top Tracks
En Primera Fila
Runtime: 1 hr 10 minCristian Castro on his live and historic “Cristian Castro En Primera Fila – Día 1”, performs some of the hits that have meant the most to his fans throughout his 20 year career, while adding four new songs and being accompanied by some of the top artists in Latin music today. His mother, the iconic actress and singer Verónica Castro, joins him on a medley of her hits “Aprendí a Llorar” and “Ven”. He also duets with the transcending Latin pop group, Reik, the incredibly talented female duo Ha-Ash and singer-songwriter Leonel García, former Sin Bandera. Cristian Castro reinvents some of his chart-toppers in this amazing new production, including the energetic “Azul” and seductive ballad “Agua Nueva”
Runtime: 1 hr 30 minIn the tradition of their irreverent music and innovative videos, Calle 13's original documentary follows the Puerto Rican hip-hop and alternative-reggaeton duo's spiritual journey through the high plains of Bolivia and Peru.
Mis 40 en Bellas Artes
Runtime: 2 hr 8 minThe legendary Mexican musician and composer Juan Gabriel presents his amazing live performance Mis 40 En Bellas Artes. This production was recorded at the emblematic Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, accompanied by an impressive production comprised of Mariachi, Orchestra and choirs that emphasize the excellence in his 40 year trajectory.
Live and Off The Record
Runtime: 2 hr 25 minThis footage includes 90 minutes of electric performance from her sold out 2003 tour, Tour of The Mongoose. It also comprises of a one-hour documentary, an uncensored look behind the curtain of the tour. The camera captures Shakira's life, loves, family.
Homenaje A Las Grandes Canciones, Vol. II
Runtime: 1 hr 4 min"Homenaje A Las Grandes Canciones," is the fourth album and the first live of the Mexican singer Kalimba. This live performance was recorded in 2009 at the Metropolitan Theater where Kalimba performed some of the best classic songs by artists like Juan Gabriel and José José.
Jarabe de Palo
Runtime: 1 hr 30 minA band's quality is measured by their live performance. But what happens when a band meets an audience in a venue where the only thing between them is the stage. With the edition of SOMOS (February 2014) we wanted to pay homage to the audience that has been following us for so many years in America, because this continent was basically what inspired us for this album.
Primera Fila Acustico
Runtime: 1 hr 30 minThe Latin pop duo Sin Bandera became one of the most popular artists after their solo debut album “Sin Bandera” was released on March 26, 2002. In this live concert experience the band performs some of their greatest hits.
El Alma al Aire en Concierto
Runtime: 1 hr 51 minRecorded at the Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid (the home of Atletico Madrid Football Club), Alejandro Sanz performs in front of 60,000 hysterical fans. He plays all of his best known songs and is joined by several popular Spanish artists.
A Solas Con Chayanne
Runtime: 1 hr 41 minCHAYANNE is a name synonymous of great musical talent and entertainment. With over 30 years in the music industry, CHAYANNE has accomplished selling over 20 million albums and touring worldwide, making him one of the most important figures in Latin pop. With this new release his fans get the chance to re-live with him, his greatest hits, and experience CHAYANNE’S energizing performance.
Drama y Luz
Runtime: 48 minThis mini-documentary takes fans behind the scenes as Mana records their highly anticipated new release. The film includes never-before-seen footage plus interviews from the band members as they record and produce their first studio album in almost five years. After two decades of breaking all types of sales and concert attendance records, the super group from Guadalajara, Mexico prepare themselves to present their first studio album in almost five years, Drama Y Luz. Without a doubt, this is the most anticipated album to hit the Latin marketplace in years. Twelve new recordings are available on this production and all songs were written by the band members themselves.
On this production, Mana has made sure they satisfy their diverse group of fans while not making much of a change to their formula and style of writing that has kept them the as the top Latin act over the past couple of decades. Mana deliver the raunchy, rock sound of their earlier days in songs like "Mi Reina De Dolor" and at the same time, deliver beautiful, heartfelt ballads such as "Vuela Libre Paloma" and "Amor Clandestino." Drama Y Luz will become another amazing collection for all Latin music fans as it delivers a production that took more than a year to create in recording studios throughout the world, and the end result is Mana at their best.
Live: Black and White Tour
Runtime: 1 hr 54 minFollowing on the heels of the Multi-Platinum and critically acclaimed MTV Unplugged, Ricky Martin returns with his first ever Live concert to be released commercially.
Runtime: 1 hr 37 minInternational superstar Alejandro Fernandez is back with his new studio album, Confidencias . The album includes 11 timeless Latin American standards all recorded with Alejandro s incomparable unique style, under the production of the late legendary producer and musical prodigy Phil Ramone (Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Rod Stewart and Elton John among many others). Confidencias also features internationally renowned recording artists including Christina Aguilera on the album s lead single Hoy Tengo Ganas de Ti , Rod Stewart on a bilingual (Spanish and English) version of Jimmy Cox s Nobody Knows You When You re Down and Out and Alejandro s father, legendary Mexican music superstar Vicente Fernandez, in an epic take of Julio Iglesias classic Me Olvide De Vivir.
Franco De Vita
Runtime: 1 hr 57 minTo be a successful artist in the music world means more than recording numerous albums, filling up stadiums and conquering radio. What it really means is to make art, to touch the hearts of millions of people, and to create music that transcends time. Precisely what Franco de Vita has achieved in his almost three-decade career. His hallmark is that of the poet who weaves songs with the filaments of his imagination and his talent for words. That’s how to best describe this singer and songwriter, born in Venezuela of Italian parents, and who has made Spain his home for many years. His position is secured both with the public that has known him from his early days as a rocker and who has seen him flourish in many other facets, as well as with the singers for whom he has written hits, from Ricky Martin to Chayanne. The truth is, simply, that Franco does not rest on his laurels. And that’s why this year, the singer/songwriter who has captivated generations with songs such as No Basta, Cálido y frío, Fuera de este mundo, Louis, and Ay Dios, is back with a musical production recorded entirely live at the Comtel studios in North Miami on January 20. Franco de Vita en Primera Fila is the pinnacle of a career. “I have been dreaming about this for many years and, well, finally, we’ve made the album,” says an enthusiastic Franco. “The idea behind this project comes after having presented three shows at the Centro de Bellas Artes of Puerto Rico (the island is one of his most important markets) a while back. But then, in the end, what we thought of doing did not happen. So, more records came along, more songs, more hits, thank God, and now, with Sony, it finally takes place. And here we are.” Under the direction of Diego Álvarez, of Plataforma TV; the production of Vicente Solís; and the collaboration of 15 musicians, Franco unleashed his innate talent in front of some 250 people. “Since I have never shown something that I am not, in this project I cannot do anything else but to continue showing who I am,” says Franco. “For me, what really matters is the musical part. Here, we try to present those same hits but in a different way. Songs have their own personalities, thus, they themselves tell you ‘hey, I am not feeling well in this genre. Get me out of here.’ We have a few people, a few musicians. It is another way of transmitting, of projecting, a song.” “It is imperative that we include the songs that were hits. And it has been mighty difficult because, which song do you take out? How many do we put in?”, “We had to limit ourselves to 20, including new songs.” Those new songs featured are Tan sólo tú, the first single, a duet with Mexican rock star Alejandra Guzmán, and Mira más allá. Although the duet begins as a tranquil ballad, it develops into a musical explosion perfect for the voice of the queen of rock. Meanwhile, the other “is a very particular song, like a return to those first days performing with groups, gathering in a room four or five musicians to do the track. It’s a bit reminiscent of the 70s and 80s.” Other duets included are Te veo venir soledad, with Puerto Rican salsa master Gilberto Santa Rosa; No se olvida, performed with Argentine singer Soledad; Si quieres decir adiós, with a promising new talent: Costa Rican American Debi Nova; and what is perhaps the biggest surprise in the album, his new version of Si la ves, for which he reunited his original colleagues, the Sin Bandera duo (Leonel García and Noel Schajris), dissolved in 2007. “I have brought them back together,” says the artist with a laugh. “Really, there have been a lot of people involved and, to tell the truth, I am super excited. It is a very strong point in the album, a song that I have performed with many new talents.” Franco de Vita en Primera Fila highlights once more his quality as a composer and an artist in this exclusive live production.