Deborah Rodriguez Santos

Deborah Rodriguez Santos

Dra. en Comunicación con especialidad en medios digitales y procesos migratorios.

“Amores prohibidos” or how Juanes incorporated the décima to his new album

“Maestro, how are you. I have followed your footsteps thanks to Drexler and I am amazed at what you do. I wanted to know if for some reason you would pass through Miami in the future. Or where your base is, to meet you one day and be able to see the possibility of taking a course on décimas. A strong hug.” This was the first message from Juanes that I received, via Instagram, in May 2019. Imagine my surprise. Who doesn’t know Juanes? The Colombian artist who accumulates the splendid number of 25 Grammy awards and whose success transcends the borders of the Spanish language. (He has fan groups in Germany, Poland, France, Australia, etc.). As they say in Spain, I went crazy. Juanes wanted to take a course with me! Illustrious students I already had a beautiful portfolio of illustrious students within the world of song (Drexler, Rozalén, Zenet, Ruibal, Vicky Gastelo, Gema Hernández, Nano Stern, Pala, Marta Gómez, Pedro Pastor, Mr. Kilombo and many others; by the way, only a few Cubans: only Gerardo Alfonso many years ago and recently Amanda Cepero), but Juanes arrived, as Drexler would say, “from another galaxy.” And my response was immediate:...