Lourdes Cecilia Fernández

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Lourdes Cecilia Fernández
Fernández at the Immigrant's Festival.
Background information
Birth name Lourdes Cecilia Fernández
Also known as Lula, Lou
Born (1984-04-02) 2 April 1984 (age 33)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Genres Pop, reggae, ska
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, composer, actress
Years active 2001–present
Labels Sony BMG (2001–04, 2008–present)
EMI (2004–08)
Associated acts Bandana
Website Official Website

Lourdes Cecilia Fernández (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlourðes seˈsilja ferˈnandes]; born 2 April 1981) is an Argentine singer-songwriter, composer and actress. She is the best known as a member of Argentine girl group Bandana and as a frontman of Lourdes, a band that carries her name.


Bandana (2001—2004)[edit]

As a student, Fernández was a member of two bands, Terikitungo and Seres Humanos. She was a student of Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.[1] As a player of piano and electronic keyboards, Fernández became composing music on a computer program, which helped her to create more modern sound.[1] In 2001, she went on an audition for talents show Popstars, which selected five girls for a girl groupIvonne Guzmán, Valeria Gastaldi, Virginia Da Cunha, Lissa Vera and Fernández.[2] As their emergence coincided with a period of nationwide economic depression, one of the series judges commented "this was an opportunity to shine at a very downbeat moment for Argentina".[2] During the Popstars, Fernández was known as "la peti" ("shorty"), which was commented by judge Afo Verde that "appearance didn't matter to us, what each girl conveyed was most important".[2] The band was named Bandana.

Bandana's first album, Bandana, was the best-selling album of Argentina in 2001 and achieved four platinum certifications.[3] Later in 2002, they recorded a Spanish version of "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley, "Muero De Amor Por Ti", for the Disney film Lilo & Stitch. In December, Bandana performed with Mambrú at the Vélez Sarsfield stadium in front of over 40 thousands spectators. In 2003, Bandana became the first Argentine artist to cover Billboard magazine,[4] while promoting themselves in the United States. After a film Vivir Intentando in 2003, which received mixed reviews,[5][6] and 2004 album Hasta Siempre, Bandana disbanded. They reunited in 2008 for an episode of the show of Susana Giménez.

Lourdes (2004—present)[edit]

Shortly after Bandana disbanded, Fernández formed her own band Lourdes with Hernán "Pájaro" Ripoll, who plays bass guitar and synthesizer, and Federico Casañas, who plays drums. In 2004, they signed with EMI and released album Televisivamente. Unlike pop and dance-pop music Bandana played, Lourdes focused on electropop, reggae and ska. Lourdes' debut single "Televisivamente" picked at number four at Argentine Singles Chart, but the other two did not enter the chart. Their second album, De otro mundo, picked at number one at Argentine Albums Chart, while its singles "De otro mundo" and "Yo te hacía bien" were number one singles. Lourdes will release her third album in 2010 through Sony BMG.


With Bandana[edit]


  • 2004 — Televisivamente
  • 2007 — De otro mundo
  • 2010 — Third Studio Album


Year Single Argentina
2004 "Televisivamente" 4 Televisivamente
2005 "Tengo que volver"
"Hi Hi Hit (Cenizas en el mar)"
2007 "De otro mundo" 1 De otro mundo
2008 "Yo te hacía bien" 1


Year Title Format Role Notes
2001 Popstars: Argentina Reality/Talents Show Herself
2002 1000 millones TV Series Herself Guest Appearance
Rebelde Way TV Series Herself Guest Appearance
2003 Vivir Intentando Film Herself

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Notes
2002 MTV Video Music Awards Latin America Best New Artist Won[7] With Bandana
CAPIF Awards Best Music Publishing Nominated
Best New Artist Nominated
Best Pop Band Nominated
2003 Best Pop Album Nominated
2004 Best Pop Album Nominated
2005 Premios Gardel Best New Female Artist Nominated
Best New Pop Artist Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Latin America Best New Artist Nominated
Clarín Awards Best New Artist Nominated
2006 Latinos Awards Best Female Artist Nominated
2008 Premios Gardel Best Album by a Female Pop Artist Nominated


  1. ^ a b Lourdes Cecilia Fernández es.wikipedia.org
  2. ^ a b c "El sueño del estrellato veloz convertido en realidad" Página 12 Article Julián Gorodischer 01-11-2001
  3. ^ Biography Music.com, Drago Bonacich 18-06-2004
  4. ^ '¡Las chicas en la tapa de Billboard!', Article, Terra.com.ar 15-08-2003
  5. ^ 'El espectáculo del año', Review - Zonafreak.com.ar, Ygnacio Cervio
  6. ^ 'Una oportunidad fallida' Clarin.com, Review - Diego Lerer 26-06-2003
  7. ^ Best New Artist Southeast - Winners, MTVLA.com - MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica

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