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Yandel Conferencia Mexico - De lider a Leyenda.jpg
Yandel in press conference in Mexico City.
Background information
Birth name Llandel Veguilla Malavé
Also known as
  • Yandel
  • El Capitán Yandel
  • I Griega
  • La Leyenda Viviente[1]
Born (1977-01-14) January 14, 1977 (age 38)
Cayey, Puerto Rico
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active 1995–present
Website yandellaleyenda.com
Musical career
Associated acts

Llandel Veguilla Malavé (born January 14, 1977 in Cayey, Puerto Rico), better known by his stage name Yandel, is a Puerto Rican reggaeton musician, songwriter and record producer, who emerged in the music scene in 1995.[2] He is best known as a member of the reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel. He released his first solo album Quien Contra Mí in September 2003, and his second solo studio album, De Líder a Leyenda was released in November 2013, which was certified Gold (Latin) by the RIAA in 2014.[3]

Early life and family[edit]

Llandel Veguilla Malavé was born on January 14, 1977, in Cayey, Puerto Rico,[4] the son of Julio Veguilla and Lucy Malavé. Veguilla has two siblings, including younger brother Gadiel,[1] who is also a singer, and sister Linnette.[5] Before he became a singer, Yandel worked as a barber in his hometown.[6]

In July 2004,[7] Veguilla married his long-time girlfriend,[8] Edneris Espada Figueroa[7] and the couple has two children; Adrián Yandel Veguilla, born (2002-01-25) 25 January 2002 (age 13) and Dereck Adrián Veguilla, born (2004-05-27) 27 May 2004 (age 10).[9]

Music career[edit]

Yandel met Wisin in school.[10] They began performing as a duó in 1998,[2] (Yandel then billing himself as "Llandel") and made their album debut in 2000 with Los Reyes del Nuevo Milenio. They later made the jump to a major label in 2003 with Mi Vida... My Life, their first for Universal subsidiary Machete Music. Pa'l Mundo then catapulted them to mainstream success in 2005. Subsequently, Wisin & Yandel established their own label, WY Records, and presented an affiliate group, Los Vaqueros.[11] In November 2013, after the duó's Líderes tour, the dúo went into hiatus, but although rumors saying their split was because of differences between them, Yandel denied those rumors and confirmed they're not disbanded.[12]

Yandel performing in 2008.



Main article: Yandel discography

Studio albums[edit]


Live albums[edit]


Year Film Director Character Notes
2005 Mi Vida: La Pelicula David Impelluso Himself An autobiographical documentary focusing on Wisin & Yandel's life.[16]
Year Television show Character Notes
2009 Verano de amor Himself Guest star[17] (with Wisin)
2013 La Voz... México Judge Season 3[18] (with Wisin)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Latin Grammy Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2014 De Líder a Leyenda Best Urban Music Album Nominated

Lo Nuestro Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2014 "Hablé de Ti" Video of the Year Nominated
2015 Yandel Urban Artist of the Year Nominated
De Líder a Leyenda Urban Album of the Year Nominated
"Hasta Abajo" Urban Song of the Year Nominated
"Mi Peor Error" (with Alejandra Guzmán) Pop Collaboration of the Year Nominated

Premios Juventud

Year Recipient Award Result
2014 Yandel Favorite Urban Artist Nominated

Premios Tu Mundo

Year Recipient Award Result
2014 Yandel Favorite Urban Artist Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Yandel: Discography, songs, biography, and listening guide". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  2. ^ a b "Yandel: Legacy-De Líder a Leyenda Tour...". Terra. Retrieved 2015-03-11. 
  3. ^ "American album certifications – Yandel – De Lider a Leyenda". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 12, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  4. ^ "Biografía de Yandel". CMTV. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  5. ^ "Yandel status: MUCHO SOL!!!" DE PLAYA CON MI HERMANITA...". Twitter. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Wisin & Yandel llegan revolucionando". People en Español. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  7. ^ a b "Yandel celebra 10 años de matrimonio". Ritmoson Latino. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  8. ^ Cruz Candelaria, José L. (June 18, 2004). "Yandel disfruta a su segundo hijo". Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Yandel celebra su aniversario en Las Bahamas". Primera Hora. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  10. ^ "El adiós de Los Líderes". Milenio. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  11. ^ "Yandel Bio". MTV. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  12. ^ "Yandel Denies Reggaeton Duo Will Be Breaking Up". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Yandel – De Líder a Leyenda VIP Tour". wisinyandelpr.com. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  14. ^ "A petición de su fanaticada Yandel lanza Legacy - De Líder a Leyenda Tour EP". Yandellaleyenda.com. Retrieved 2014-08-28. 
  15. ^ León Luna, Ariel. "Yandel se pone peligroso". ElUniversal.com.mx. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  16. ^ C. Gutierrez, Evan. "Mi Vida: La Pelicula – Wisin & Yandel". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Wisin & Yandel actúan con Dulce María". PeopleEnEspanol.com. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Wisin & Yandel Named Newest Coaches on 'La Voz…Mexico'". Billboard.com. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 

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