Caps Off Groundbreaking Year Which Has Included Critically-Acclaimed Debut Solo Album, World Tour, Feature Documentary, and FUSION Television Series
Residente (René Pérez Joglar) marked his first year as a solo artist by taking home two awards at the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMYs, the preeminent honor for excellence in Latin music and the only peer-presented Latin music accolade. The Puerto Rican rapper, writer, producer and the co-founder of alternative rap duo ‘Calle 13’ won for both best urban music album and for best urban song—bringing Residente’s career total to 27 GRAMMY Awards, the most ever awarded to a Latin artist.
The GRAMMY wins cap off an eventful year for Residente. Residente’s self-titled album, released in March 2017, marked his first solo project since his departure from Calle 13. The album received critical acclaim and rocketed to the top of the Billboard and iTunes charts and topped Spotify’s global viral 50 chart.
The success of the album translated to a 45 date world tour that visited 40 cities in 17 countries. Additionally, Residente directed his eponymous feature length documentary, which was selected to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. The documentary—produced by Story House Entertainment, a division of Fusion Media Group—was later distributed worldwide and also aired in the U.S. as a five-part series on FUSION.
The documentary centered on the global journey Pérez Joglar embarked on—after taking a DNA test—to trace his ancestry, explore his creative process and expose local stories, all the while creating music with local communities along the way. It explores the human condition as well as how music and art cut across cultural, social, economic, racial and political divides. Residente’s journey takes viewer on a tour across four continents, seven countries and numerous regions: Siberia (Kyzyl), Moscow, The Caucasus (North Ossetia, South Ossetia, Georgia and Armenia), China, Barcelona, London, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Puerto Rico.
Residente is a founding member of the FUSION Creative Board. The Board, chaired by Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., works to identify the next generation of creators and source compelling untold stories. Throughout his career Residente has been recognized for his social contributions. He has consistently defended education in Latin America and the rights of the natives and serves as the face of campaigns for UNICEF and Amnesty International.
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