Andrés Cabas

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Birth name Andrés Mauricio Cabas Rosales
Born (1976-10-07) October 7, 1976 (age 37)
Origin Barranquilla, Colombia
Genres Cumbia, Fandango, Rock en Español
Years active 2000–present
Labels EMI, changing soon
Website [http://[1]

Andrés Mauricio Cabas Rosales (born October 7, 1976), or more commonly known as Cabas, is a Colombian musician. His music is characterized by having a Caribbean-like sound.


Cabas was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. His father Eduardo, a musician and composer himself, taught Cabas music from the age of five. At six, Cabas formally studied piano and became skilled at this and various other instruments, including percussion. Through his teenage years in Bogotá, he acquired a taste for classical music, rock and roll, electronic music and also for his native cumbia and fandango music. He was also inspired by his former music teacher at Colegio San Carlos, Helbert Ballestas, who helped him develop the idea of fusing Colombian and rock music.

As a young adult, Cabas traveled, first to Paris and later New York; it was in New York's nightclubs that he met prominent figures of jazz and salsa, inspiring him to write and compose music. Perhaps paradoxically, New York was also an unhappy phase in Cabas' life, where he felt alienated and depressed.[1] The period resulted in his self-titled album, Cabas, in 2000 which became a huge success in Colombia. His single "Mi Bombón" ("My Bon-bon" or "My Candy") topped the country's charts for three consecutive months, earning him a Gold Disc and a double platinum disc. To consolidate this success, Cabas toured Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador in 2001.

In 2002, Cabas began to promote his music in other parts of Latin America and the United States, receiving a good reception from critics and an article in the Billboard magazine.[2][3] He performed his first concert in the United States in late 2002. Cabas performed with artists such as Lenny Kravitz in Mexico, and Shakira and Miguel Bosé in Spain.

In 2003, his second album Contacto (Contact) could be said to define his style. Contact mixed percussion and drums with bass and rock beats, and the first single, "La Caderona" ("The Big-hipped woman") had similar success to "Mi Bombón". Cabas' first music video, from the song "Leche" ("Milk"), premiered on MTV Latin America. Other singles such as "Bolita de Trapo" ("Little Rug Ball") also topped the charts in Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador. After this success, Cabas decided to launch a French tour.

His participation in a tribute concert to the musician Carlos Santana increased his exposure. Cabas earned a Latin Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist, a celebration in which he became notorious for simply walking to the awards instead of taking a limousine.[3] At the MTV Latin Awards he has been nominated for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Interpretation, and for the People's Prize and Best Rock Video for the Lo Nuestro Awards.

In 2005, Cabas recorded his third album, Puro Cabas (Pure Cabas), in El Cielo Recording Studios, Monterrey, Mexico, with the support of famous Colombian composer Kike Santander, musician Sargento García, and producers Toy Hernandez and Sacha Triujeque. Puro Cabas proved to be another huge success. Cabas' first single, "La Cadena de Oro" ("The Gold Locket"), was a major hit in Latin America, along with its music video that stayed in MTV's top ten for some time. The song also featured on the soundtrack of the videogame FIFA 07. This hit was followed immediately by his second single, "Increíble" ("Incredible"), and performances in various Latin American music festivals.

Children's music[edit]

In 2006, Cabas composed a series of 37 children's songs commissioned by the Swiss-based ZERI Foundation. This was perhaps the greatest challenge ever for Cabas' creative mind. However, by September he completed the task and successfully recorded under the guidance of his father Eduardo songs in different music styles that bring a positive message to children. The title song "Yo Quiero Vivir en Un Mundo Mejor" (I Want To Live in a Better World) is a sing along that immediately catches the imagination of the children. These songs accompany 36 fables which have been written by Gunter Pauli, the Belgian economist turned scientist who is dedicated to exposing kids to over 1,000 academic subjects without any jargon so that they can design solutions bringing water, food, housing, health, energy, jobs and education to all with what they have.[4] The DVD with all 37 songs and the 36 fables presented in English and Spanish was released in a limited edition in April 2007. The commercial version became available in 2008. Also in 2008 Cabas returned to the Latin Grammys with "Bonita," a song from his album Amores Dificiles (‘Difficult Loves’ - EMI June 2008), which was #1 for 35 weeks in Colombia (!) and hit #1 in Equador, Venezuela and Argentina. ‘Bonita' was nominated for Recording of the Year at the Latin Grammys. ‘Amores Dificiles’ was followed in December 2011 in Colombia by ‘Si Te Dijera’ (If I Told You - EMI), his 5th album, which contained special collaborations with Andres Calamaro, Vicentico, Mala Rodriguez and Ale Sergi, of the Argentine group Miranda. The album was released internationally as ‘Somos Dos’ (We Are Two - WEA International).

‘Amores Dificiles’ was followed in December 2011 in Colombia by ‘Si Te Dijera’ (If I Told You - EMI), his 5th album, which contained special collaborations, including Andres Calamaro, Vicentico, Mala Rodriguez and Ale Sergi, of the Argentine group Miranda. The album was released internationally as ‘Somos Dos’ (We Are Two - WEA International).

Theater Work[edit]

In 2009, Cabas joined forces with Repertorio Español theater in New York and renowned Theater, Film & TV Director, Jorge Alí Triana for an adaptation of Mario Vargas Llosa's "Pantaleón y las visitadoras". Cabas composed the music for this original adaptation by father-and-daughter team Jorge Alí and Verónica Triana. The production premiered on October 2009. The original cast recording may be obtained by visiting


In June 2013 Cabas released the single and music video,‘Que Prenda La Mota’ which hit the top 10 in Colombia. He has been writing songs for others and his music has been featured in commercials around the world. He is currently working on his next album in Miami, which will come out worldwide in 2014.


Cabas (November 2002)[edit]

  • "Susurro" ("Whisper")
  • "Himno a la Mamita" ("Anthem to the Pretty Lady")
  • "Mala Hierba" ("Bad Grass")
  • "Mi Bombón" ("My Bombon")
  • "Juancho"
  • "Tu Boca" ("Your Mouth")
  • "Ana María"
  • "Jincho" ("Drunk")
  • "Fandango Viejo" ("Old Fandango")
  • "...Se llama Cumbia" ("...It's called Cumbia")
  • "La Cantaleta" ("The Babble Sing")
  • "Fiesta de Tambores" ("Festival of the Drums")
  • "Colombia Tierra Querida" ("My Dear Colombia ")
  • "A Veces Soy Feliz" ("Sometimes I'm Happy")

Contacto (September 2003)[edit]

  • "La Caderona" ("The Big-Hipped Woman")
  • "Golpe Negro" ("Black Hit")
  • "Declaración del Bizco" ("Declaration of the Lazy-eyed")
  • "Bolita de Trapo" ("Little Rug Ball")
  • "Contacto" ("Contact")
  • "Patasarriba" ("Upside down")
  • "Adentro" ("Inside")
  • "Arrastraíto" ("Dragged")
  • "Confía" ("Trust")
  • "La Conquista" ("The Conquest")
  • "Puerto Jabalí" ("Wild Boar Port")
  • "Monocuco
  • "El Peregrino" ("The Pilgrim")
  • "Cosa Sabrosa" ("Tasty Thing")
  • "Machuca" ("Squish")
  • "Primer Amor" ("First Love")

Puro Cabas (September 2005)[edit]

  • "Intro"
  • "Guacamaya" ("Macaw")
  • "La Cadena de Oro" ("The Golden Chain")
  • "Poseído" ("Possessed")
  • "Vámonos de Aquí" ("Let's Get Away from Here")
  • "Increíble" ("Incredible")
  • "La Quejosa" ("The Whiner")
  • "Llega la Noche" ("The Night Arrives")
  • "Salvaje" ("Wild")
  • "Caribe Soy" ("I am Caribbean")
  • "Likua" ("Blend")
  • "Chiles Rellenos"
  • "¿Quién Dijo Que No?" ("Who Said No")

De la Sombra a la Luz (September 2006)[edit]

  • "Guacamaya"
  • "La Cadena de Oro" ("The Golden Chain")
  • "Poseído" ("Possessed")
  • "Vámonos de Aquí" ("Let's Go Away from Here")
  • "Increíble" ("Incredible")
  • "La Quejosa" ("The Whiner")
  • "Llega la Noche" ("The Night Arrives")
  • "Salvaje" ("Wild")
  • "Caribe Soy" ("I am Caribbean")
  • "Likua" ("Blend")
  • "Chiles Rellenos" ("Stuffed Chiles")
  • "¿Quién Dijo Que No?" ("Who Said No")
  • "Amor de Mis Amores"
  • "Soñar No Cuesta Nada"
  • "Cuando Tu Cariño"

Amores Difíciles (February 2008)[edit]

  • "No Dejo de Pensar en Ti" ("I Never Stop Thinking About You")
  • "Bonita" ("Beautiful")
  • "Como Nuestro Amor No Hay Dos" ("There is No Love Like Ours")
  • "He Pecado" ("I've Sinned")
  • "Hoy Que Te Vas" ("Now That You're Leaving")
  • "Maleta Sin Fondo" ("Bottomless Suitcase")
  • "Amores Difíciles" ("Difficult Love")
  • "Donde" ("Where")
  • "La Niña Alicia" ("The Little Girl Alicia")
  • "Apaga la Luz" ("Turn off the Light")
  • "Futuros Recuerdos" ("Future Memories")

Pantaleón y las visitadoras (January 2010)[edit]

  • "El teniente ejemplar" ("The Exemplary Lieutenant")
  • "La pinga loca" ("Crazy Penis")
  • "Los pantalones de Pantaleón" ("Pantaleón's Pants")
  • "Supermarket"
  • "Soldaditos de plomo" ("Toy Soldiers")
  • "La tienda del amor (instrumental)" ("Love's store" (instrumental))
  • "Oda a Pantaleón" ("Ode to Pantaleón")
  • "La amenaza del Sinchi" ("Sinchi's Threat")
  • "El himno del batallón" ("The Battalion's Anthem")
  • "Adiós, hasta luego" ("Goodbye, until later")
  • "Las pesadillas de Pantaleón" ("Pantaleón's Nightmares")
  • "Te has vuelto ciego por la Brasileña" ("You've Gone Blind for the Brazilian")
  • "La muerte de la Brasileña" (instrumental) ("The Brazilian's Death" (instrumental))
  • "Despedida de Pantaleón" ("Pantaleón's Farewell")
  • "El teniente ejemplar" reprise ("The Exemplary Lieutenant" reprise)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Latin Grammy Awards[edit]

A Latin Grammy Award is an accolade by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. Cabas has received an award from six nominations.

Year Recipient Award Result
2002 Cabas Best New Artist Nominated
2006 Puro Cabas Best Contemporary Tropical Album Nominated
La Cadena De Oro Best Tropical Song Nominated
2008 Bonita Record of the Year Nominated
2009 Pombo Musical (Varios Artistas) Best Latin Children's Album Won
2010 Sueño Contigo (Tecupae featuring Cabas ) Best Tropical Song Nominated


  1. ^ "Cabas: Biography". Retrieved 2006-08-23. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Biographies-Cabas". Retrieved 2008-09-24. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "El Mestizaje de Cabas". Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  4. ^ "Initiative". ZERI Foundation. Archived from the original on 14 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 

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