Hernaldo Zúñiga

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Hernaldo Zúñiga
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Hernaldo Zúñiga
Background information
Birth name Hernaldo Zúñiga Gutiérrez
Born (1955-06-02) June 2, 1955 (age 61)
Masaya, Nicaragua
Genres Trova
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician, producer
Instruments Voice, guitar
Years active 1972 - present
Labels Zafiro
EMI Music Mexico
Warner Music Mexico
Universal Music Mexico
Zungu Music (current)
Website www.hernaldozuniga.com

Hernaldo Zúñiga (born June 2, 1955) is a Nicaraguan singer-songwriter. He was born in Managua, but spent his childhood and adolescence in Masaya.

Career[edit]

While he was studying in Chile, in 1973, Zúñiga recorded his first 45 rpm single with "Producciones Caracol", including as one side the David Gates' song "Everything I Own".

At 17, during his first year of law school, he composed his first song, "Ventanillas" ("Little Windows"). In February, 1974, he performed in the XV Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar.

In October of that year, he obtained seventh place in the third edition of the Festival de la OTI, celebrated in Acapulco, Mexico, singing the song "Gaviota" ("Seagull"), which meant the first participation of Nicaragua in this Festival.

The same year, he recorded his first album: "Del arco iris, una canción" ("A Song from the Rainbow").

In 1977 Zúñiga took part in XVIII Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar, obtaining second place for Nicaragua with the song "Cancionero" ("Song Book").

In 1978 Zúñiga released Cancionero (Song Book), professionally starting his musical career. The production was directed by Juan Carlos Calderón.

Between December 1979 and January 1980, Zúñiga recorded a new work by the hand of the Spanish singer-songwriter Manuel Alejandro. The songs included "Procuro Olvidarte" ("Trying to forget you"), "Ven con el alma desnuda" ("Come as you are"), "Un pasajero" ("A Passenger"), "Insoportablemente bella" ("Unbearably Beautiful") or "Ese beso que me has dado" ("That Kiss that You Have Given Me").

In 1982 Zúñiga recorded the album A tanto fuego (On So Much Fire) in London, Germany and Madrid.

In 1986, he released "¿Cómo Te Va Mi Amor?" ("How is it going, baby?"). Manuel Mijares also turns into success the Hernaldo's composition "Siempre" (Always). Angela Carrasco, Jeannette, Sergio and Estíbaliz and Yuri (Mexican singer) between others, endorses success of his compositions.

At this time Zúñiga took a sabbatical, and broke ties with the Zafiro record label.

Two years later, already residing in Mexico, he released the album Qué increíble es la distancia (Distance is so incredible), which included the songs "Mira arriba" ("Look Up"), "Una vez al mes" ("Once A Month"), "Tengo unos celos que matan" ("I feel so terribly jealous", "Te llevaré" ("I Will Take You with Me").

Hernaldo Zúñiga in concert

As of 1992, Zúñiga Zúñiga produces, prepares arrangements and composed "Después de todos estos años" (After All These Years).

In London and with the help of Chucho Merchán, he records "No tengo más patria que tu corazón" ("I Have no more Homeland than your Heart"), "¿Adónde?" ("Where?"), "Al otro lado del mundo" ("At the Other Side of the World") and "Eres todo menos azar" ("You are Everything but chance").

Zúñiga signed an exclusive contract with Universal Music Mexico. "Triángulo de musgo" ("Moss Triangle") is the title of the album that initiates his journey in his new record house. The production, arrangements and the songs were Hernaldo's responsibility; the album was recorded in London, Madrid and Los Angeles.

His production "Nómada" ("Nomad") was released in May 2007.

Zúñiga has his own record label, Zungu Music.

Main discography[edit]

  • Del Arco Iris, Una Canción (From the rainbow, a song) (1974)
  • Cancionero (Song book) (1978)
  • Hernaldo, El Original (Hernaldo, The original) (1980)
  • A Tanto Fuego (On so much fire) (1982)
  • Siglo XX (20th Century) (1984)
  • Qué Increíble es la Distancia (How incredible is the distance) (1988)
  • Después de Todos Estos Años (After all these years) (1992)
  • Triángulo de Musgo (Triangle of moss) (2001)
  • Nómada (Nomad) (2007)

Live albums[edit]

  • Básico D.F. (Basic D.F.) (1996)
  • Ciudad Acústica (Acoustic city) (2002)

Compilations[edit]

  • Los Grandes Éxitos de... Hernaldo (Greatest hits of... Hernaldo) (1999)
  • Grandes Éxitos (Greatest hits) (2001)
  • El Origen (The origin) (2001) (Special edition for Nicaragua)
  • Mi Historia (My history) (2002)

Collaborations[edit]

  • Eterna Navidad (Eternal Christmas) (1986), as part of "La Hermandad" (The Brotherhood) in a Christmas special along with: Tatiana, Manuel Mijares, Daniela Romo, Arianna, Pandora, Denise De Kalafe, Óscar Athie y Yuri.
  • Diciembre 25 (December 25) (1991), Christmas special produced by Hernaldo Zúñiga, in this album are present: Alejandra Ávalos, Fher (from Maná group), Ilse, Benny, Ivonne and Ivette, El Tri, Alissa, Ángel, Café Tacuba, Laura Flores, Hernaldo Zúñiga, Denise de Kalafe, Luis Gatica and Los Joao. Hernaldo sings "Estrella Blanca" with Laura Flores ("White Star", a Cat Stevens' "Morning Has Broken" cover, adapted by Hernaldo for a beautiful Christmas carol) and "Diciembre 25" (December 25) along with: Ángel, Ilse, Benny, Laura Flores, Alejandra Ávalos, Luis Gatica, Ivonne and Ivette, Denise de Kalafe and Alissa.

Songs composed for other artists[edit]

Artista Canciones
Pandora ¿Cómo Te Va Mi Amor?
Sólo Él Y Yo
Todavía
Amor, Amor
Abusas De Mí
Alguien Llena Mi Lugar
No Me Queda Nada
Manuel Mijares Siempre
Al Caminar
Volveré A Nacer
Montón De Verano
Desnuda (F.Migliacci-F. Marcheli-Adapt. Hernaldo Zúñiga)
Yuri Perdona
Si Te Pierdo
No Habrá
Ángela Carrasco El Tiempo Nos Pesa
Sergio y Estíbaliz Te Quiero Y Ya
Jeanette ¿Qué Puedo Hacer? (1984)
Franco Preguntándome
Fernanda Era Mejor
Sonia Rivas Ayer Sin Conversar (Otra Oportunidad)
De Pecho A Pecho (1987)
Dumas Se Ha Terminado
Los Dandys Volverás Por Mí
Charlie Massó Hemos Madurado
Gloria y Noemí Gil Es Tan Difícil Quererte
Fandango Dame Aquel Martillo (Lee Hays-Pete Seeger-Adapt. Hernaldo Zúñiga)
Maribel Guardia De Pecho A Pecho (2008)
Hernán Visetti Flor De Temporada
Te Haré El Amor
Rocío Banquells Mineral
Valeria Lynch Límite
Arianna ¿Qué Puedo Hacer? (1985)
Jazmine Athie Mucha Dulzura
Mario Castelli Tengo Que Amarte Amor

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