From an early age, his love for music was obvious, influenced by his father, Cuban musician Arturito Martinez. Juan soaked up everything, from Cuban son to guaguanco, Mozambique, salsa, and many more rhythms of Cuban and Guatemalan popular music. In the 90s, he was an active participant in the “Rock Chapin” movement in his hometown of Xela, Guatemala. Together with a group of young artists, musicians, painters, and poets, he experimented with different rock bands and made his first national tours playing in bazaars, parks, and local dance saloons.
Eager to see the world, Nativo began travelling at age 15, going to Europe for the first time. That journey continued to the distant lands of India, where backpackers introduced him to reggae, which now is part of his essence. Upon his return at the age of 18,, he started recording music with his sister Adriana. Then, inspired to further explore his fascination with Cuban music, he moved to Havana where he was able to study with the master Palillo.
In 2006, Doctor Nativo moved to Barcelona, Spain, where he became a popular street artist performing to huge crowds. These experiences opened doors to performing at festivals in Spain, France, Switzerland, Holland and Germany, where he was able to share the stage with artists such as Manu Chao, Ojos de Brujo, Macaco, as well as appear in numerous TV, radio, newspapers articles.
In 2012 on the eve of December 21 (OXALUJUJ BAKTUN) Doctor Nativo made his return to “Guatemaya” where he now once again resides and began a thorough study of ancient Mayan wisdom, meeting his “Ajpop” (great leader and spiritual guide TATA PEDRO CRUZ) and its “Ajqij” (tata MARTIN) that lead to a profound change in his personal, artistic and spiritual life.
In 2013, Doctor Nativo formed a new band “Los Warrior Kandela” under the musical direction of Danilo Rodrigues (marimba and trombone). It included Mayan rappers M’Che and Tzutu , bass player “el Jose” and Guatemala City drummer Eduardo Santella. They worked on the spiritual project “Balam Ajpu: Tributo a los 20 Nawales.”
In 2014 he met the Belizean music producer Ivan Duran, and they began working on a new album, Guatemaya, that will bring his Mayan reggae cumbia sound to the world. It was released on September 15, 2018, Guatemalan independence day.
Après des années de reggae et de hip hop, il a eu une révélation lorsqu’il a commencé à explorer la spiritualité maya sous la direction de l’aînée Tata Pedro. Doctor Nativo sortira son premier album Guatemaya le 15 septembre 2018 sur Stonetree Records. Avec un son contagieux qui rappelle Manu Chao et Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto, il séduira les fans de cumbia, de musique du monde, de reggae, ceux qui s’intéressent à la culture autochtone et les danseurs !
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