Jorge Drexler's "Al Otro Lado del Rio" was the first song in Spanish to be nominated for an Academy Award. It won, making Drexler a hero in his native Uruguay. And the attention he got — in part because he was not invited to perform the song on Oscar night — has prompted another first. After releasing six previous albums abroad, his next effort, Eco, makes its debut in the United States.
Things are looking up for Jorge Drexler, who has a hit song and a new CD.
Drexler wrote "Al Otro Lado del Rio" ("The Other Side of the River") for The Motorcycle Diaries, a film about the life of revolutionary Che Guevara. And like Che, he is a man of more than one country — he now lives in Spain — and much change. He began his working career as a medical doctor before turning to music.
He tells Jennifer Ludden about his mixed cultural background and his equally rich blend of pop, electronica and Uruguayan folk music.