Bajo el Agua (underwater) is the first song to appear from a Colombian music artist. I was shopping in ‘Exito’ (a large supermarket store) here in Bogota on the 53 (Calle / street) and I heard the song come on the loud speakers. I asked one of the shop assistants if she knew of the song. It was reminiscent of how I became familiar with the Mexican Christian singer Marcela Gandara who’s music I heard in a fragrance shop a few years back. I was captivated with Manuel Medrano’s ‘Bajo el Agua‘ and soon thereafter I noticed it saturated the radio airwaves.
Wikipedia: Manuel Medrano was born on the 29th of October 1987 in Cartagena, Colombia. He is the winner of two Latin Grammy Awards. For several years he played in bars in Bogota while composing his songs, which, years later, made him popular. In the year 2016 he won two Latin Grammy Awards: Best New Artist and Best Songwriting Album.
Bajo el Agua (2015) has accumulated more than 350 million views on YouTube at the time of writing this post. It is an unrequited love song but it is atypical in the latin pop song sense because Medrano’s voice is so distinctive and penetrative and the melody likewise. It’s difficult not to want to hear it again. He hit a goldmine with this amazing song. The video below is tailored for adolescent audiences, but there is some beautiful cinematography of an indoor swimming pool. I hope this song charms you like it did me.
I want to fly with you, very high somewhere
I would like to be with you watching the stars over the sea
I want to find another way and get dressed and go for a walk with you
I want to tell the world that we are not friends, tell them with sadness
That you don’t cross my path