Jorge Drexler completely smashed the latest Latin Grammys. Shortly before his huge success at the awards ceremony, Jorge stopped by Latino USA’s studios in Harlem to talk about some key moments in his life and career — and the unexpected turns that have come along with it.
From growing up as the son of a Holocaust survivor, becoming an ENT doctor and dropping medicine to pursue music, to the making of his latest album, “Tinta y tiempo,” and why it almost didn’t come to life.
The Uruguayan singer-songwriter won seven awards — more than reggaeton superstar Bad Bunny — and in diverse categories: from Best Singer-songwriter Album, with “Tinta y tiempo,” to Best Alternative Song with the hit “Tocarte,” Jorge’s collaboration with Spanish rapper C. Tangana.
Jorge is living one of the sweetest moments of his music career, which spans over 30 years. But he first caught the world’s attention in 2005, when his song, “Al otro lado del río,” included in the movie “The Motorcycle Diaries,” became the first Spanish-language song to ever win an Academy Award. And he became the first Uruguayan to ever win an Oscar.
After that exhilarating night, Jorge says, everybody told him that every door would open for him and that he could break big into the global music scene if he moved to Los Angeles or Miami. At the same time, he was going through a divorce.
“And I said, okay, but you know what? I’m going to make a record about what I’m actually feeling, which is sadness. If I have to follow my instinct and my truth, or if I have to follow the circumstances, I’m going to follow my truth.”
And from that pain one of his most acclaimed records came to life: “12 segundos de oscuridad,” released in 2006. From then on, Jorge has released five more albums that have established him as one of the most prominent Latin American singer-songwriters of our time.
These are the Jorge Drexler songs you’ll hear in this episode:
Tocarte – Jorge Drexler ft C Tangana
Al otro lado del río – Jorge Drexler
Amor al arte – Jorge Drexler
El pianista del gueto de Varsovia – Jorge Drexler
Milonga del moro judío – Jorge Drexler
Bolivia – Jorge Drexler
Duermevela – Jorge Drexler
Bailar en la cueva – Jorge Drexler
Movimiento – Jorge Drexler
La aparecida – Jorge Drexler
12 segundos de oscuridad – Jorge Drexler
Dove Sei – Jorge Drexler, Leonor Watling
Amar la trama más que el desenlace – Jorge Drexler
Noctiluca – Jorge Drexler
Mundos paralelos – Jorge Drexler
Sea – Jorge Drexler ft. Mercedes Sosa
Cinturón blanco – Jorge Drexler
El plan maestro – Jorge Drexler
Algoritmo – Jorge Drexler
Tocarte – Jorge Drexler ft. C Tangana
Tinta y tiempo – Jorge Drexler
Featured image courtesy of Jorge Drexler.