Oscar-Winner Drexler Brings His Music to America Oscar-winning singer/songwriter Jorge Drexler, who started out as a medical doctor in Uruguay, tells Jennifer Ludden about his rich cultural background, his eclectic muscial mix and the U.S. debut of his latest CD, Eco.

Oscar-Winner Drexler Brings His Music to America

Oscar-Winner Drexler Brings His Music to America

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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. WEA International hide caption

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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.

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