Hometown: Bogota, Colombia
Web site: http://www.aterciopelados.com/portfolio.htm
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Led by Andrea Echeverri and Héctor Buitrago, Aterciopelados is one of the first rock bands of Colombia and is among the country's top groups. Their music fuses rock with a variety of Colombian and Latin American musical traditions to create a unique organic rock sound. Time Magazine has written, "Aterciopelados's true skill lies in its ability to take north-of-the-border musical styles...and breathe new life into them, all while giving them a distinctly Colombian sheen."
Additionally, Aterciopelados engages audiences all over the world with their socially-conscious message. Honored by the United Nations for their work denouncing violence in Colombia, Aterciopelados speaks out about myriad issues including political injustice, women's rights, and environmental destruction.
The group has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. Recently, they won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album in 2007 for Oye and for "Rio" in 2010 (Nacional Records).