“Caraluna” was one of the biggest hits of the Bacilos group in the early 2000s. A large number of people danced and continue to dance to the rhythm of this catchy song that currently accumulates more than 200 million views on
Spotify. However, many also believed that the melancholy lyrics referred to the tragic story of a vocalist’s wife who drowned. How true is this version?
Jorge Villamizar (vocals), André Lopes (bass and vocals) and José Javier Freire (drums) took their music around America from 1997 to 2007 and, after a break, from 2017, they achieved fame with hits like
“My first million” or “Tobacco and Chanel”. It was the vocalist who composed “Moon face”and therefore many assumed that the alleged victim must have been his wife or his girlfriend.
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“Caraluna” is a song released in 2002 by the group Bacilos, as part of the album of the same name. This theme quickly became a success and went on to win several awards, including the
Latin Grammy for the best song of the year in 2003.
From the beginning, the lyrics of the song seem to speak to us of the memory of a love, either due to heartbreak or because the loved one is no longer there. “Who says footprints in the sand don’t hurt…” This feeling is more evident as the music progresses: “As long as I have to change the radio station because each song tells me about you…”
The story behind “Caraluna”
For a long time, a large part of the public came to think that the song “Caraluna” was related to the alleged death of the wife of vocalist Jorge Villamizar by drowning in the sea, precisely because of the feeling of absence and melancholy that it conveys in some parts and for the apparent references to a disappearance in the ocean.
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Some fans cited the following excerpts as evidence:
“Your footprint was taken by the sea, but the moon is still there”, “And I know that perhaps you will never listen to my song, I know” or “As long as I continue to listen to your voice, between the waves, between the foam”.
this popular theory is false. The person in charge of denying it was Villamizar himself, during an interview on Radio Caracol’s “Grandes especiales” program in 2013. The singer never had a wife or girlfriend who drowned.
Why do they link the song “Caraluna” with the death of a vocalist’s wife?
Villamizar commented that it was his groupmates who invented the tragic story that was supposedly behind the song. “Everything exists as an urban myth.
The boys have invented that I wrote it to a wife who died in the water, she drowned. And that’s not true,” he told the aforementioned program.
However, the vocalist said that he understands why this urban legend could be so believable. “I think about it and of course, ‘it could be’ because of course ‘the pale face’, ‘the moon’ and ‘the footprints in the sand’ and all that… I don’t know why, but this whole story has been created,” he said. the.
In 2017, Bacillus returned to activity. Today, only Jorge and Andrés remain in the group. Photo: BacilosOfficial / Facebook
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It was Jorge Villamizar himself who composed
“Moon face”, although not for the reason that was speculated so much. Rather, it is based on various relationships from the singer-songwriter’s past and, in particular, on someone who had already inspired another well-known song.
“Composing ‘Caraluna’ took me many years. Before, you didn’t walk around with cell phones where you could record melodies and things like that. I remember I was driving and the chorus came to me. That must have been in the year 1999. What’s more, I kept thinking of the same woman who had inspired me to make ‘Tobacco and Chanel’”, he recounted in an interview with Shock.
Jorge Villamizar was in charge of composing the lyrics for “Caraluna”. Photo: AFP
Bacilos arrives in Peru with his show “Touch wood tour”
This July 2, the Bacilos group will perform at Arena 1 on the Costa Verde as part of their “Knock on wood” tour. The day before, on July 1, they will be in the city of Trujillo. At the concert, Jorge Villamizar and André Lopes will present their new songs, but they will also delight the audience with favorites such as “Tabaco y chanel”, “Caraluna” and “Mi primer million”.
Bacilos will present his show “Touch wood tour” in Lima. Photo: Diffusion