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Genres  Hip hop, urban
Years active  1995–present
Associated acts  Calle 13

Birth name  Eduardo J. Cabra Martinez
Born  September 10, 1978 (age 37) Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1978-09-10)
Occupation(s)  multi-instrumentalist, composer
Instruments  guitar, melodica, harmonica, keyboards, cuatro, tiple, accordion, tres, banjo, lute, mandolin, oud, cumbus, charango, erke, ukulele, bombo leguero, bass guitar, steel guitar, drum set, bouzouki, vihuela, harp, autoharp, zither, timple, guitarro, gittern, cavaquinho, bordonua, congas, trombone, saxophone, drums, percussion, trumpet, violin, clarinet, theremin, kalimba, cello

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Eduardo José Cabra Martínez (born September 10, 1978 in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico), better known by his stage name "Visitante Calle 13" or simply "Visitante", is a musician, multi-instrumentalist and musical composer of the Puerto Rican band Calle 13, which also includes his siblings Ileana Cabra (ILE (singer)) and René ("Residente"). They began their career making alternative reggaeton, but have moved away from the genre, taking an experimental and varied approach to music, with their lyrics being more geared to social and political concerns which combines hip-hop and urban with various Latin American musical styles.

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Early life

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Visitante, was born on September 10, 1978 in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico. His father was also a musician. Visitante met his step-brother Residente when they were both two years old, when Residente's mother married Visitante's father. The family developed strong ties to the Puerto Rican arts community; his stepmother, Flor Joglar de Gracia, was an actress in Teatro del Sesenta, a local acting troupe, while his father was still a musician at the time. His stepbrother Residente asserts that he and his family lived a relatively comfortable lifestyle growing up, placing them in a group of Puerto Ricans who are "too poor to be rich and too rich to be poor." Although their parents later divorced, the stepbrothers remained close. When he was at the seventh grade, he was once reprehended and taken to the principal room at school for refusing to sing the American national anthem - he would later become a supporter of the Puerto Rican independence, just like Residente. Residente attendeded the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, where he obtained a master's degree in art, while Visitante continued refining his skills as a musician, directing bands Kampo Viejo and Bayanga. When Residente returned to Puerto Rico the band Calle 13 was almost immediately put together.

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In late 2010 Visitante married Cuban singer Diana Fuentes.

Musical career

Visitante has been a musician most of his life, but it was not until 2004 that he began making music with his step-brother Residente, giving the band the name Calle 13. The step-brothers hosted their music on a website, and began searching for a record label in order to release their music commercially. After sending demo tapes to White Lion Records, the duo was offered a record deal. The duo gained recognition for their controversial song "Querido FBI", which responded to the killing of Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, a key figure for the Puerto Rican independence movement.

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Cabra chose his stage name "Visitante" because that is how he had to identify himself to the guard every time he returned to his brother's house in Trujillo Alto. Visitante's influences come from numerous musical genres. Artists that were influential on him included salsa master Rubén Blades, singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez and writer Tite Curet Alonso.

Visitante and his band Calle 13 have won 19 Latin Grammy Awards and 3 Grammys, the most of any group.


With Calle 13
  • 2005: Calle 13
  • 2007: Residente o Visitante
  • 2008: Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo
  • 2010: Entren Los Que Quieran
  • 2014: Multi Viral
  • Compositions

  • 2006 – Loose (by Nelly Furtado)
  • 2009 – Un viaje íntimo (by Mercedes Sosa)
  • 2010 – Sale el Sol (by Shakira)
  • Filmography

  • 2006 – My Block: Puerto Rico (documentary), as himself.
  • 2009 – Mercedes Sosa, Cantora un viaje íntimo (documentary), as himself.
  • 2009 – Calle 13: Sin Mapa (documentary), as himself.
  • References

    Eduardo Cabra (Visitante) Wikipedia

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