Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler knows all about the so-called tenets of Latin pop music.Read More
"It tends to be about the lighter side of life -- fun, joy, sex, and dance, which is all great," he says from Madrid, where he lives. "It's a privilege to be a part of it, and I love that it's associated with Latin culture, but. . ."
"But none of those things are really a part of my music, well, except maybe sex," he says. "That's not a critical judgment of Latin music at all, but that's what happens with stereotypes: They diminish the bigger picture of what a culture is about and what it is capable of."
Drexler, who makes his Boston debut tomorrow at the Museum of Fine Arts, is indeed an anomaly in Latin music. He's an unusually perceptive songwriter blessed with a lilting voice and a keen talent for illuminating everything from love and politics to lust and religion. That he just happens to be a heartthrob who began his career as a doctor is merely a bonus; that he's not marketed as a sex symbol is truly rare.
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