Famous Uruguayan Musicians

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Jorge Drexler
(First Uruguayan Composer to Win an Academy Award)
Jorge Drexler
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Birthdate: September 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Son of German immigrants who escaped the Holocaust, Jorge Drexler was born in Uruguay. Inspired by his physician parents, Dexler, became an otolaryngologist, but his love for music turned him into a Latin pop sensation. His song Al Otro Lado Del Rio from The Motorcycle Diaries won him an Oscar.

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Martin Mendez
(Bassist)
Martin Mendez
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Birthdate: April 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Martin Mendez is a Uruguayan Swedish bassist best known for his association with the popular Swedish progressive metal band, Opeth. He is the second-longest serving member of Opeth. Apart from Opeth, Martin Mendez has also played for several other bands like Proxima, Vinterkrig, and Fifth to Infinity.

Carlos Páez Vilaró
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Birthdate: November 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montevideo
Died: February 24, 2014

Carlos Páez Vilaró was a Uruguayan abstract artist, potter, sculptor, painter, muralist, composer, writer, and constructor. He began his career as a printing apprentice and then began composing music as well. He was part of the "Grupo de los 8", a movement of Uruguayan artists formed in the 1950s. He enjoyed a successful career but had a troubled personal life. 

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Eduardo Franco
(Singer)
Eduardo Franco
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Birthdate: March 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paysandú, Uruguay
Died: February 1, 1989

Eduardo Franco was a Uruguayan singer and composer. He achieved international prominence as part of a musical group called Los Iracundos, where he was the lead vocalist. The group became popular worldwide during the mid 1960s when it released works like Stop and Primeros en América. 

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Ruben Rada
(Uruguayan Percussionist, Composer and Singer)
Ruben Rada
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Birthdate: July 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Ruben Rada is a Uruguayan singer, composer, and percussionist. He is best known as an exponent of a style of music and dance called Candombe. Apart from recording over 30 albums, Rubén Rada has also composed some of the most cherished songs of his country.

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Julio Sosa
(Singer)
Julio Sosa
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Birthdate: February 2, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Las Piedras, Uruguay
Died: November 26, 1964

Julio Sosa was a Uruguayan Argentinian singer best remembered as an exponent of tango. He achieved popularity after becoming a part of the Argentine orchestra, Orquesta Francini-Pontier, which was formed by the famous violinist Enrique Mario Francini. Sosa is also remembered for his love for sports cars; he died at age 38 after crashing a DKW coupé at high speed. 

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Alfredo Zitarrosa
(Singer-songwriter)
Alfredo Zitarrosa
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Birthdate: March 10, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: January 17, 1989

Alfredo Zitarrosa was a Uruguayan poet, singer-songwriter, and journalist. Counted among the most influential and popular singer-songwriters of Latin America, Alfredo Zitarrosa specialized in Argentinean and Uruguayan folk genres such as milonga and zamba.

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Hugo Fattoruso
(Composer)
Hugo Fattoruso
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Birthdate: July 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Hugo Fattoruso is a Uruguayan composer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and vocalist. He is best known for his collaborations with famous artists like Ruben Rada, Chico Buarque, and Airto Moreira among others. Apart from creating music, Hugo Fattoruso has also appeared in a couple of films, including the 1999 movie El chevrolé.

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Daniel Viglietti
(Singer)
Daniel Viglietti
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Birthdate: July 24, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: October 30, 2017

Daniel Viglietti was a Uruguayan folk singer, composer, guitarist, and political activist. Viglietti was one of the most important exponents of Uruguayan Nueva Canción of the 1960s. Daniel Viglietti is credited with co-founding an independent record label called Ayuí/Tacuabé. 

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Pablo Sciuto
(Musician)
Pablo Sciuto
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Birthdate: May 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Pablo Sciuto is an Uruguayan musician, poet, composer, and record producer. He has created a unique style of music that combines elements of indie pop, Jazz, Candombe, and Bossa Nova with an electronic sound. He began his career as a teenager and has collaborated with artists like  Jorge Drexler, Pablo Guerrero, Gustavo Pena, and Ana Prada. 

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Jaime Roos
(Singer)
Jaime Roos
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Birthdate: November 12, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Jaime Roos is a Uruguayan singer, record producer, and composer. One of the most popular and influential Uruguayan singers of his generation, Jaime Roos is best known for his work in the 1999 Argentine drama film El Amateur, which earned him the prestigious Silver Condor Award under the Best Score Musician category in 2000.

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Horacio Ferrer
(Poet)
Horacio Ferrer
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Birthdate: June 2, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: December 21, 2014

Horacio Ferrer was a Uruguayan-Argentine poet, reciter, broadcaster, and tango lyricist. He is best remembered for his collaboration with tango composer Astor Piazzolla; Ferrer contributed by composing the lyrics for many of Piazzolla's tangos, such as Chiquilín de Bachín and Balada para un loco.

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Sergio Fachelli
(Singer)
Sergio Fachelli
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Birthdate: March 28, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Sergio Fachelli is a Uruguayan singer and songwriter who achieved popularity in the mid 1980s. After a successful career, Fachelli stopped recording in the early 2000s. However, he made a comeback in 2018, much to the delight of his fans.

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Alvaro Pierri
(Guitarist)
Alvaro Pierri
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Birthdate: January 18, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Alvaro Pierri is a Uruguayan classical guitarist who also serves as a professor at The University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Pierri achieved international fame after his debut performance in the USA. Since then, he has been a regular guest at famous concert halls across Europe, Asia, North and South America. Alvaro Pierri is also an acclaimed teacher.  

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Abel Carlevaro
(Composer)
Abel Carlevaro
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Birthdate: December 16, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: July 17, 2001

Abel Carlevaro was a Uruguayan guitar composer and teacher who founded a new school of instrumental technique based on anatomical principles. Carlevaro enjoyed a prosperous career as a concert artist and his performances in Latin America, Europe, and the USA were met with acclaim by the critics and public alike.

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Roberto Perera
(Jazz Musician)
Roberto Perera
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Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Roberto Perera is a Uruguayan jazz harpist best known for his 1992 album Dreams & Desires, which earned him Billboard's Contemporary Latin Jazz Album of the Year award in 1993. He is credited with pioneering the electro-acoustic harp performance and is renowned for treating the harp as a percussive instrument rather than a string instrument. 

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Malena Muyala
(Singer-songwriter)
Malena Muyala
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Birthdate: March 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San José de Mayo, Uruguay

Malena Muyala is a Uruguayan singer-songwriter best known as an exponent of milonga and tango music. She achieved national recognition in 1991 when she won the First National Tango Contest of Uruguay. Over the years, Malena Muyala has released several gold and platinum-certified albums and has toured within and outside Uruguay.

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José Carbajal
(Singer)
José Carbajal
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Birthdate: December 8, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Juan Lacaze, Uruguay
Died: October 21, 2010

José Carbajal was a Uruguayan guitarist, singer, and composer. He is best remembered for his signature song Chiquillada, which made him famous in the whole of Latin America. José Carbajal kept performing well into his 60s before his untimely demise at the age of 66 due to a cardiac arrest.

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Osvaldo Fattoruso
(Musician)
Osvaldo Fattoruso
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Birthdate: May 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: July 29, 2012

Osvaldo Fattoruso was a Uruguayan musician who is credited with introducing rock music in Latin America. He is best remembered for creating a fusion between rock, jazz, and African rhythms. Osvaldo Fattoruso is also known as the brother of famous composer and multi-instrumentalist Hugo Fattoruso.