Cumbia hit banned for its sexual undertones
‘La Camisa Negra’ (“The Black Shirt”) by Colombian megastar Juanes has been blacklisted by the government of the Dominican Republic
In 2004, singer-songwriter and guitarist Juanes released his album ‘Mi Sangre’ (“My Blood”) which since then has sold more than two million copies world-wide. The album has produced numerous hit singles, including ‘La Camisa Negra’ (“The Black Shirt”), a cumbia-tinged song about lost love. Nonetheless, its infectious lyrics drew criticism for its sexual undertones, and it was banned by the government of the Dominican Republic. Juanes accepted the decision.
Juanes was baptized Juan Esteban Aristizábal. He grew up in Medellín in Colombia and began playing guitar at age of seven. In the late 1990s, he immigrated to the United States, arriving in Los Angeles. Since the release of his debut album, ‘Fíjate Bien’ (“Watch Out”) in 2000 won five Grammys. He was listed as one of Time magazine’s “100 most influential people in the world today”.
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