Juan Luis Guerra's Very Best
By writing poetic lyrics inspired by Pablo Neruda's romantic sonnets and lacing each track with his rich tenor voice, Juan Luis Guerra has been able to fuel the Latin pop music genre for decades. Inspired by traditional Dominican music, including bolera, bachata and merengue, Guerra defied the idea that Caribbean dance music works the hips but not the mind.
Instead, he juxtaposed dance-friendly beats and sophisticated messages about poverty and social injustice. The addictively thought-provoking formula proved to be an instant hit. His 1989 single "Ojalá que llueva café," which translates to "hope it rains coffee," depicts the struggle of campesinos (farm workers) in rural areas of the island. The song remains one of his signature tracks to date.
Now, the iconic singer, who has won two Grammys and 14 Latin Grammys over the years, is feeding a new generation of bachata-loving Prince Royce and Romeo Santos fans. Guerra's new live album, A Son de Guerra tour deluxe version, was recorded during his performance at the Olympic Stadium in his native Dominican Republic. The compilation includes favorite oldies such as "En El Cielo No Hay Hospital" and new tracks with Juanes and Romeo Santos.
"Bachata is a Caribbean form like bolero, and it's about time it gets the recognition it deserves among all kinds of public," he has said. With over 14 million albums sold worldwide, clearly, it has been music to most people's ears.