Sebastián Yatra

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Sebastián Yatra
Sebastián Yatra.jpg
Yatra in 2017
Background information
Birth nameSebastian Obando Giraldo
Born (1994-10-15) October 15, 1994 (age 24)
Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2013–present
LabelsUniversal Music Latin

Sebastián Obando Giraldo known professionally as Sebastián Yatra (born October 15, 1994) is a Colombian singer and songwriter. He rose to prominence in Latin America in 2016 when he released the hit "Traicionera".[1]

His family moved to Cartagena, and at age 5 he settled in Miami. He studied piano, guitar and vocal technique, and was an avid footballer before deciding to concentrate on his music, although he continues to practice soccer as a hobby. He started writing songs early and in September 2013, had his first great hit single "El psicólogo" that charted in his home country Colombia, and all over Latin America notably in Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico and the United States. He was declared revelation of the year in Colombia and an artist with great following.[2]

"El Psicólogo", a pop ballad with reggae influences was recorded in the United States, and produced by well-known Latin producers Yhonny Atella and Ender Thomas, mastered by Tom Coynequien and music video shot by Colombian director Simón Brand.[3] Yatra toured with Paty Cantú in her Drama Queen Tour and with Sandoval Sandoval in her Deja Que La Vida Te Sorprenda Tour gaining more fame. His follow-up single "Todo Lo Que Siento" was mildly successful, but the ensuing "Para olvidar" became a big hit in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and yet again in the States.[4]

2015 saw launching of two successful singles, "No me llames" featuring Alkilados and "Como Mirarte", a repeat hit first as solo and again in a collaboration featuring Kenai and remixed by producers like Kevin ADG, Chan El Genio and Dandee. But it was Yatra's 2016 song, Traicionera[5] a huge Reggaeton and Trap EDM hit for him that solidified his status as a favorite international artist in Latin America, in the Latin market in the States also charting in Spain and finding success all over Europe. The single was classified double platinum in Colombia, platinum in Ecuador, hit or miss. In January 2019 Sebastián Yatra and Reik launched a collaborative work titled “Un Año” (one year). The single was received by many Venezuelan migrants who identify the song lyrics with separations from families, friends and even pets. [6] The single was released alongside his new album “Fantasia” which was released in April 2019.


Year Title Role Notes
2017 Guerra de ídolos Himself Musical guest
2018 La Reina del Flow Himself Musical guest[7]


Year Title Role Notes
2018 Smallfoot Migo Voice role; Spanish dubbing[8]


  • Mantra (2018)
  • Fantasía (2019)

Awards and nominations[edit]

ASCAP Latin Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2018[9] "Robarte un Beso" Award Winning Songs Won

Heat Latin Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017[10] "Traicionera" Best Video Nominated
Sebastián Yatra Best Andean Artist Won
2019[11] Sebastián Yatra Best Male Artist Nominated
Best Pop Artist Won
"Por Perro" Best Video Nominated
"Robarte un Beso" Best Collaboration Nominated

Latin Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 Sebastián Yatra Best New Artist Nominated
Extended Play Yatra Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album Nominated
2018[12] "Robarte un Beso" Song of the Year Nominated

Latin American Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2018[13] Sebastian Yatra New Artist of the Year Won
Mantra Favorite Album - Pop Nominated
"Robarte un Beso" Favorite Song - Pop Won


  1. ^ "Sebastian Yatra Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  2. ^ "Artist Biography by Timothy Monger". All Music. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  3. ^ El Nuevo Dia: Sebastián Yatra llegó a enamorar (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "16 Things About Sebastián Yatra You Should Know". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  5. ^ Sebastián Yatra – Traicionera, retrieved 2019-04-12
  6. ^ ""Un año": Canción de Sebastián Yatra y Reik con la que se identificaron los venezolanos". Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  7. ^ "Primeras imágenes de 'La Reina del Flow' del Canal Caracol". (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Sebastian Yatra on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  9. ^ "El Premio ASCAP 2018". ASCAP. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  10. ^ Fernandez, Suzette (June 8, 2017). "J Balvin Wins Big at Heat Latin Music Awards 2017". Billboard. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  11. ^ Suzette, Fernandez (November 21, 2018). "J Balvin Tops Heat Latin Music Awards Nominations: See Full List". Billboard. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  12. ^ "Lista completa de los nominados a los premios Latin GRAMMY 2018". Univision (in Spanish). September 28, 2018. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  13. ^ Fernandez, Suzette (October 25, 2018). "Latin American Music Awards 2018: Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 25, 2018.

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