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Eduardo "Visitante" Cabra is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, and arranger who holds the record for most Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations and awards. With his stepbrother René Pérez Joglar (Residente) and half-sister Ileana Cabra Joglar (aka PG-13 and iLe), global superstars Calle 13 developed an eclectic musical style that originally derived from reggaeton. With a genre-bleeding compositional style that melds hip-hop to bomba and plena; Latin funk and soul to metal and Afro-Cuban folk styles and bachata, their use of unconventional instrumentation, groundbreaking production techniques, and socially and politically conscious subjects, they transcended the genre early on to become their own unique creation in the world of tropical and Latin pop music. Before and since going on hiatus in 2015, Visitante has become a renowned producer and composer for a wide range of Latin artists including Diana Fuentes, Vicente Garcia, Shakira, and Jorge Drexler, to name but a few. His musical sensibility is deliberately boundless. He was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, in a family linked to the arts. From the time he was young, he seemed to instinctively know that his future would be tied to music. He and Residente met at age two, when Residente's mother married his father. Visitante's stepmother, Flor Joglar de Gracia, was an actress while his father was a musician-turned-lawyer. Although their parents later divorced, the step brothers remained close. As children, Visitante would visit his brother at the Calle 13 of the El Conquistador subsection of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico each week. Since the subsection is a gated community, visitors are routinely asked "¿Residente o visitante?" ("Resident or visitor?") by a security guard. Visitante readily identified as a visitor. When they began to pursue music together they chose Calle 13 as a name. They began recording music in 2004 with the idea of hosting their work on a website. Inside of a year, the duo began looking for a record label to distribute their music commercially. They decided to pursue a deal at White Lion Records (Tego Calderón was on the label). Though they were able to place some of their songs in Puerto Rico, it wasn't until they issued the protest track "Querido F.B.I." that they broke through. Their eponymous debut became a hit thanks to the success of the singles "Se Vale Tó-Tó" and "¡Atrévete-te-te!" Between 2005 and 2014, they issued five long players for Sony Music: three made the Top 200 and four landed inside the Top 40 on the Top Rap albums chart. All five landed inside the Top 10 on the Latin Albums chart, as did a dozen singles. Before their break, Calle 13 won a combined total of 21 Grammys and Latin Grammys. Visitante's production style helped to win Calle 13 their multitude of fans, but also attracted the attention of other artists. While still in the group, Visitante remixed Beyoncé's "Green Light" in 2007; in 2009, he was a producer and musician on Alejandro Sanz's Paraiso Express album. The following year he produced the track "Beautiful Liar," a duet single between Beyoncé and Shakira on the former's B'Day album. In 2011 he co-wrote Shakira's "Gordita" from her Live from Paris audio and video package. In 2014 he produced and played on Diana Fuentes' Planeta Planetario and Drexler's Bailar en la Cueva; two years later he helmed the sessions for Vicente García's full-length A La Mar. In 2018, Visitante produced and played on Monsieur Perine's Encanto Tropical. The album was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the Album of the Year category, while its single, "Bailar Contigo," was nominated for Record of the Year. Visitante was also nominated for producer of the year for his album work. Meanwhile, he and García went into the studio and collaborated on the album Tending Topics, a conceptual offering focused on the concepts of technology and human introspection. It was a fusion project employing musical traditions of Afro-Caribbean and Caribbean cultures and rhythms, intertwined with contemporary experimental recording techniques and sonics. With the goal of focusing directly on the creativity within the music instead of on a singular persona, the album featured the work of several vocalists and instrumentalists in a multi-media presentation. Its first single, "Elintelné" (featuring Wiso G), was issued in September and accompanied by a Kacho Lopez-directed video about humanity's dependence on the internet and technological interconnectivity. Guest vocalists included Ana Tijoux, Ziggy Marley, Li Saumet, iLe, and others. The full album was issued jointly by Sony Music Colombia and Sony Music Spain in October as Visitante's first solo recording project away from Calle 13. He also founded and directs La Casa del Sombrero, a cultural exchange project that serves as a production house for different artists and bands from across the globe while serving as a cultural center for the exchange of ideas. ~ Thom Jurek
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