Some say rock ‘n roll is a merger between country music and blues. Others think it is a result of the rich black culture and white spending power that existed in the 1900s. Either way, rock music found it’s way to the Spanish scene, and now it’s one of the most popular genres of Latin music. Here are the biggest rockstars in the Spanish-speaking scene.
Soda Stereo is, without a doubt, the most influential group that Spanish rock has ever seen. It started with three guys, Gustavo Cerati, Zeta Bosio, and Charley Alberty. Gustavo was the lead singer, Zeta plays bass and Charlie is the drummer. Unfortunately, Gustavo recently passed away at age 50 after a four-year coma that was caused by a brain hemorrhage.
Mana is the most famous rock band from Mexico. Fher Olvera is the lead vocalist, Juan Diego plays bass, Sergio Vallin is the lead guitarist, and Alex Gonzales handles the drums. They started singing in the 1970s when rock was still not widespread in Mexico. That explains why they had to wait a decade to realize their life-long dreams. When the money finally rolled in, they started the Selva Negra Foundation that has funded multiple environmental protection projects over the years.
Led by Andrea Echeverri and Hector Buitrago, Aterciopelados is one of the earliest Columbian rock bands to gain international recognition. They are known for producing socially conscious music that is capable of engaging audiences across the world. The group has a soft spot for sensitive topics such as political injustice, environmental destruction and women’s rights. They also received numerous awards for their creativity. Aterciopelados owes much of it’s success to their hit album, El Dorado. It contains Bolera Falaz, Florecita Roera, and Mujer Gala, which happen to be the best work they ever did.