Rikki Musso, composer and revered guitarist for the Latin Grammy Award-winning band El Cuarteto de Nos, is one of Uruguay’s most beloved musical exports. From a childhood soundtracked by The Beatles to a later career characterised by comedy theatre, production and composition, he’s an artist who has lived many lives. His 2014 solo album Formidable was acclaimed by the local press, showcasing pop, rock, samba, Uruguayan candombe and a touch of dark humour. Here’s why we love him.
Ya No Sé Qué Hacer Conmigo
One of the most well-known songs ever to have come out of Uruguay, this mid-2000s love song plays delightfully with the Spanish language.
This song’s heavy guitar riffs, simple lyrics and deliberate pace are reminiscent of Uruguay’s summer sluggishness.
The lively beats in this track belie the darkness of the lyrics – a comment on abuse of prescription drugs and being as a ‘weirdo’ in an imperfect world.
Ya Te Vas a Mejorar
This song captures the nonchalant attitude that defines Uruguayan rock, complete with the dark lyrics that often crop up in Musso’s music.
Cabras en el Ascensor
Musso’s trademark wacky humour shines through in this upbeat track about goats in an elevator, which may be one of the weirdest you’ve ever heard.