Dominican Republic: Cumbia hit banned

10 February 2006
‘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.
There is a risqué double-entendre in the song and it was written quite consciously, although without the “desire to offend anyone”:
“Of course I meant to write it that way, but I didn’t mean to offend. It’s a humorous song, although it’s a little dark,” he says.
The song is a “guasca” – a style of Colombian folk music which is very popular in Juanes’ homeland Colombia. Guascas deal with spite, suffering and sex.
“They’re everyday things for all of us. It’s humor,” says Juanes, adding that Latin Americans have been amused by the song, and that people in Colombia, Mexico and the Dominican Republic love to play with a double entendre around sexuality and lovelorn sentiments.
“I know that the decision to ban the song was taken by only two or three people. But I’m certain that people don’t have a problem with it. Everyone has their own perception of the song,” the 34-year-old singer says.

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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