Gente de Zona

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Gente de Zona
Origin Havana, Cuba
Genres Reggaeton, merengue
Years active 2000–present
Members Alexander Delgado
Randy Malcom Martinez
Past members Jacob Forever, Nando Pro

Gente de Zona (sometimes stylized as Gente D' Zona) is a Cuban reggaeton (cubaton) group founded by Alexander Delgado in 2000. The group combines reggaeton rhythms with more traditional forms of Cuban music.

Gente de Zona found its first international success following their collaboration with Enrique Iglesias on his 2014 release "Bailando". The track was awarded three Latin Grammy awards and received widespread international airplay.[1]

History[edit]

The group began in 2000 when several rappers met in Alamar, an urban area of Havana, known as the birthplace of Cuban hip-hop. The name of the group, Gente D' Zona, reflects their emergence from Alamar.

Alexander Delgado then met Michel Delgado, "El Karo," and both started playing at parties and official playrooms Guanabacoa, Regla and especially Alamar. The group quickly earned the support of the public in those areas, and soon started participating in international festivals. These were in addition to annual rap festivals in Cuba, where Alexander was responsible for the animation for three consecutive years.

They later formed part of the Hermanos Saiz Association, and it is not until the year 2002 that Alexander started his career in the company Antonio María Romeu appearing around the country. In July 2005 Gente D' Zona was still composed of Alexander and Michel, and became part of the catalogue of the Cuban Rap Agency. This led to a more mature genre of work, always mixing with Cuban rhythms, and considering market requirements.

In 2005, Michel left the group. With the departure of Michel, Alexander called Jacob Forever, director of the non-professional group Made in Cuba who had done important work with Pachito Alonso and Eddy K, among others. Nando Pro also came to join as a music producer and DJ, and Gente D'Zona increased their original format of two members to three: Jacob Forever, Alexander and Nando Pro. In March 2013, Gente D' Zona announced the separation of Alexander and Jacob Forever.

In 2014, Gente D'Zona joined Enrique Iglesias and Descemer Bueno to produce the successful theme "Bailando", which catapulted the group to the international arena. The song stayed in first place on international hits lists; noteworthily, in the U.S. market, where it is typically difficult to get the music of Cuban artists living in Cuba. In June 2014 it was located at number one in the Top Latin Songs. The group has also been successful in Europe.

Back in 2015, Gente de Zona published two songs that instantly became popular, “La Gozadera” and “Traidora”, both were in collaboration with Marc Anthony.

On April 22 of 2016, their third album entitled “Visualízate” was published under the label Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC and Magnus Media, LLC. During the same year the group released their new single, “Más Macarena” in collaboration with Los Del Río. They introduced “Más Macarena” for the first time with a live presentation at Premios Juventud. The official video was released in September of the same year.[2]

At Premios Juventud in 2015, the group earned an Award in the “Favorite Song Lyrics” category thanks to the song “Bailando” ft. Enrique Iglesias and Descember Bueno. They also won the Award for the “Best song to start a party” at Premios Tu Mundo for “Algo Contigo” in 2016. In that same year, they earned another Premio Juventud Award with Marc Anthony in the category “Perfect Combination”. Their album “Visualizate”[3] won one Latin AMA’S award for “Best Tropical Album” and one Latin Grammy for “Best Tropical Fusion Album”[4] in 2016.

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes uses the song "El Animal" as his walk up song.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details
Lo Mejor Que Suena Ahora
A Full
Visualízate

Reissued albums[edit]

List of reissued albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details
Lo Mejor Que Suena Ahora v2.0

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details
Oro: Lo Nuevo y Lo Mejor

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
MEX
[10]
SPA
[11]
US
LATIN

[12]
US
TROP

[12]
US
LATIN RHYTHM

[13]
VEN
[14]
"Le Gustan Los Artistas" 2008 Lo Mejor Que Suena Ahora
"Pinocho" 2013 N/A
"Yo Quiero (Si Tu Te Enamoras)"
(featuring Pitbull)
2014 34 15 9 Dale and Visualízate
"Ponte Bonita" N/A
"La Gozadera"
(featuring Marc Anthony)
2015 2 1 2 1 1 Visualízate
"Traidora"
(featuring Marc Anthony)
6
"Mas Macarena"
(featuring Los Del Río)
2016 33 13 TBA
"Si No Vuelves" 2017 8
"—" denotes a title that was not released or did not chart in that territory

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
COL
[16]
MEX
[10]
SPA
[17]
US
[18]
US
LATIN

[19]
US
LATIN RHYTHM

[13]
US
TROP

[20]
VEN
[14]
"Dame Una Noche"
(DJ Chino featuring Gente de Zona, Fito Blanko & Fuego)
2014 N/A
"Bailando"
(Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Gente de Zona and Descemer Bueno)
1 1 1 12 1 1 17 Sex and Love
"Tu Me Quemas"
(Chino & Nacho feat. Gente de Zona and Los Cadillacs)
6 27 6 1 1 Radio Universo and Visualízate
"Piensas (Dile la Verdad)"
(Pitbull featuring Gente de Zona)
2015 22 11 1 8
  • PROMUSICAE: Gold[25]
Dale and Visualízate
"He Llorado (Como Un Niño)"
(Juan Magan featuring Gente de Zona)
26 12 23 33
  • PROMUSICAE: Platinum[26]
The King Is Back (#LatinIBIZAte)
"Lo Que Dios Quiera"
(Fanny Lu featuring Gente de Zona)
N/A
"Arena y Sol"
(Anahí featuring Gente de Zona)
2016 Inesperado
"La Mala y La Buena"
(Alex Sensation featuring Gente de Zona)
TBA
"—" denotes a title that was not released or did not chart in that territory

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2016 Premios Juventud La Combinación Perfecta "La Gozadera" Won [27]
Mi Artista Tropical Gente de Zona Nominated
2016 The Latin AMAs Favorite Artist – Tropical Gente de Zona Nominated [28]
Favorite Album – Tropical "Visualízate" Won
Favorite Song – Tropical "Traidora" Nominated
2016 Latin Grammys Best Tropical Fusion Album "Visualízate" Won [29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.axs.com/gente-de-zona-wins-three-latin-grammy-awards-for-their-worldwide-hit-b-29554
  2. ^ "Watch Gente De Zona's 'Mas Macarena' Music Video Feat. Los Del Rio". Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  3. ^ "Latin American Music Awards 2016: Complete List of Winners". Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  4. ^ "Latin Grammy Winners 2016: Complete List". Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  5. ^ "Lo Mejor Que Suena Ahora - Reggaeton by Gente de Zona". iTunes Store US. Apple. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ "A Full by Gente de Zona". iTunes Store US. Apple. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Visualízate by Gente de Zona". iTunes Store US. Apple. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Lo Mejor Que Suena Ahora v2.0 by Gente de Zona". iTunes Store US. Apple. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Oro - Lo Nuevo y Lo Mejor by Gente de Zona". iTunes Store US. Apple. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Mexican Airplay for Gente de Zona Billboard.com
  11. ^ "Spanish Charts". PROMUSICAE. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  12. ^ a b "Gente de Zona Album & Song Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Latin Rhythm Songs by Gente de Zona". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Songs of Gente de Zona charted in Record Report Top 100 chart:
    • "Bailando":"Top 100". Record Report. R.R. Digital C.A. 2 September 2014. Archived from the original on 30 August 2014. 
    • "Tu Me Quemas": "Top 100". Record Report. R.R. Digital C.A. 1 July 2014. Archived from the original on 16 July 2014. 
    • "Yo Quiero": "Top 100". Record Report. R.R. Digital C.A. 17 September 2014. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014. 
  15. ^ http://www.elportaldemusica.es/cancion-10289-18423-gente-de-zona-feat-marc-anthony-la-gozadera
  16. ^ Songs of Gente de Zona charted in Colombian charts (National-Report):
  17. ^ Songs of Gente de Zona in Spanish Singles Chart:
  18. ^ https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.271393712985247.1073741838.167176543406965&type=3
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  20. ^ http://www.swisscharts.com/search_certifications.asp?search=Enrique+Iglesias+Bailando
  21. ^ http://www.elportaldemusica.es/cancion-8098-14832-enrique-iglesias-bailando
  22. ^ http://www.elportaldemusica.es/cancion-9583-17410-pitbull-feat-gente-de-zona-piensas-dile-la-verdad
  23. ^ http://www.elportaldemusica.es/cancion-10252-18370-juan-magan-feat-gente-de-zona-he-llorado-como-un-nino
  24. ^ Premios Juventud 2016: Lista completa de ganadores
  25. ^ "Latin American Music Awards 2016: lista de ganadores". People Espanol. 2016-10-07. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  26. ^ "17a Entrega Anual del Latin GRAMMY". Latin GRAMMYs. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 

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