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Eduardo José Cabra Martínez (born September 10, 1978 in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico),[1] better known by his stage name "Visitante Calle 13" or simply "Visitante", is a musician, multi-instrumentalist and musical composer of the Puerto Rican band Calle 13, which also includes his siblings Ileana Cabra (ILE (singer)) and René ("Residente"). They began their career making alternative reggaeton, but have moved away from the genre, taking an experimental and varied approach to music, with their lyrics being more geared to social and political concerns[2] which combines hip-hop and urban with various Latin American musical styles.

Visitante
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Visitante performing at Fusion Festival in 2011.
Background information
Birth name Eduardo J. Cabra Martínez
Born (1978-09-10) September 10, 1978 (age 38)
Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Genres Hip hop, urban
Occupation(s) multi-instrumentalist, composer
Instruments guitar, melodica, harmonica, keyboards, cuatro, tiple, accordion, tres, banjo, lute, mandolin, oud, cümbüş, charango, erke, ukulele, bombo legüero, bass guitar, steel guitar, drum set, bouzouki, vihuela, harp, autoharp, zither, timple, guitarro, gittern, cavaquinho, bordonua, congas, trombone, saxophone, drums, percussion, trumpet, violin, clarinet, theremin, kalimba, cello
Years active 1995–present
Associated acts Calle 13

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Early lifeEdit

Visitante, was born on September 10, 1978 in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico.[3] His father was also a musician.[4] Visitante met his step-brother Residente when they were both two years old, when Residente's mother married Visitante's father.[5] The family developed strong ties to the Puerto Rican arts community; his stepmother, Flor Joglar de Gracia, was an actress in Teatro del Sesenta, a local acting troupe, while his father was still a musician at the time.[6] His stepbrother Residente asserts that he and his family lived a relatively comfortable lifestyle growing up, placing them in a group of Puerto Ricans who are "too poor to be rich and too rich to be poor."[7] Although their parents later divorced, the stepbrothers remained close.[5] When he was at the seventh grade, he was once reprehended and taken to the principal room at school for refusing to sing the American national anthem - he would later become a supporter of the Puerto Rican independence, just like Residente.[8] Residente attendeded the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, where he obtained a master's degree in art, while Visitante continued refining his skills as a musician, directing bands Kampo Viejo and Bayanga. When Residente returned to Puerto Rico the band Calle 13 was almost immediately put together.[9]

In late 2010 Visitante married Cuban singer Diana Fuentes.

Musical careerEdit

 
Visitante performing in Nicaragua in 2009.

Visitante has been a musician most of his life, but it was not until 2004 that he began making music with his step-brother Residente, giving the band the name Calle 13.[5] The step-brothers hosted their music on a website, and began searching for a record label in order to release their music commercially.[5] After sending demo tapes to White Lion Records, the duo was offered a record deal.[5] The duo gained recognition for their controversial song "Querido FBI", which responded to the killing of Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, a key figure for the Puerto Rican independence movement.[6]

Cabra chose his stage name "Visitante" because that is how he had to identify himself to the guard every time he returned to his brother's house in Trujillo Alto.[4] Visitante's influences come from numerous musical genres. Artists that were influential on him included salsa master Rubén Blades, singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez and writer Tite Curet Alonso.

Visitante and his band Calle 13 have won 19 Latin Grammy Awards and 3 Grammys, the most of any group.[10]

DiscographyEdit

With Calle 13

CompositionsEdit

FilmographyEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Grammy AwardsEdit

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2008 Residente o Visitante Best Latin Urban Album Won
2010 Los de Atras Vienen Conmigo Best Latin Urban Album Won
2012 Entren Los Que Quieran Best Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album Won
2015 Multi Viral Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album Won

Latin Grammy AwardsEdit

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2006 Calle 13 Best New Artist Won
Calle 13 Best Urban Music Album Won
"Atrévete-te-te" Best Short Form Music Video Won
2007 Residente o Visitante Album of the Year Won
Residiente o Visitante Best Urban Music Album Won
"Pa'l Norte" (feat Orishas) Best Urban Song Won
"Tango del Pecado" Best Short Form Music Video Won
2009 Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo Album of the Year Won
Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo Best Urban Music Album Won
"No Hay Nadie Como Tu" (featuring Café Tacuba) Record of the Year Won
"No Hay Nadie Como Tu" (featuring Café Tacuba) Best Alternative Song Won
"La Perla" (featuring Rubén Blades) Best Short Form Music Video Won
2011 Entren Los Que Quieran Album of the Year Won
Entren Los Que Quieran Best Urban Music Album Won
"Latinoamérica" (featuring Totó la Momposina, Susana Baca and Maria Rita) Record of the Year Won
"Latinoamérica" Song of the Year Won
Shakira's "Sale el Sol" (Composer) Album of the Year Nominated
Best Pop Vocal Album Won
"Calma Pueblo" Best Alternative Song Won
"Baile de los Pobres" (featuring Rafa Arcaute) Best Urban Song Won
"Vamo' a Portarnos Mal" Best Tropical Song Won
Rafael Arcaute and Calle 13 Producer of the Year Won
"Calma Pueblo" Best Short Form Music Video Won
2011 Multi Viral Best Urban Music Album Won
"Respira el Momento" Record of the Year Won
"Ojos Color Sol" (feat Silvio Rodríguez) Song of the Year Won
"El Aguante" Best Alternative Song Won
"Adentro" Best Urban Song Won
"Cuando los Pies Besan el Piso" Best Urban Contemporary Album Won
"Adentro" Best Urban Performance Won
"Adentro" Best Short Form Music Video Won
2015 "Ojos Color Sol" (feat Silvio Rodríguez) Best Short Form Music Video Won
"Así de Grandes Son las Ideas" Best Short Form Music Video Won

Billboard Latin Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2007 Calle 13 Best Reggaeton Album Won
2009 "No Hay Nadie Como Tu" Hot Latin Song of the Year Vocal Duet or Collaboration Won

Lo Nuestro AwardsEdit

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2008 "Pa'l Norte" Video of the Year Won
2009 "Un Beso de Desayuno" Video of the Year Won
2010 "No Hay Nadie Como Tu" Collaboration of the Year Won

Los Premios MTV LatinoaméricaEdit

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2006 Calle 13 Promising Artist Won
2007 Calle 13 Best Urban Artist Won
2009 Calle 13 Best Urban Artist Won

Instituto Cubano de la MúsicaEdit

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2010 Calle 13 Premio Internacional Cubadiscom Won

Ateneo PuertorriqueñoEdit

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2011 Calle 13 Medalla Ramón Emeterio Betances Won

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ imdb
  2. ^ LT25 Radio San Nicolás (20 January 2012). "Manu Chao y René Pérez manifestaron su apoyo a Famatina". Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Calderón, Esther L. (November 12, 2011). "Por qué nos gusta René de 'Calle 13'". Divinity. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Divinity.es (12 November 2011). "Por qué nos gusta René de 'Calle 13'". Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Birchmeier, Jason. "Calle 13 Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  6. ^ a b Rohter, Larry (2010-04-18). "Continuing Days of Independence for Calle 13". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  7. ^ Morales, Ed (2009-08-02). "Calle 13, in search of the real Latin America". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  8. ^ Acuña, Carlos (20 April 2014). "Me Llaman el Incongruente". Emeequis (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Rivera, Enrique. "Calle 13 Invites Fans To Embrace The Ugly". National Public Radio. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  10. ^ Informador (10 November 2011). "Calle 13 hace historia en los Grammy Latinos". Retrieved 20 February 2012. 

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