One of the first latin rock bands in Colombia, Los Aterciopelados is among the Latin American country's top groups. The recipients of Grammy award nominations in 1997 and 1998, the band has fused its own sound by combining a rock-solid approach with a variety of Latin American musical traditions including mariachi, bolero, tropical and flamenco. The last two studio albums, Caribe Atomico and Gozo Poderoso have a definite hip hop feel to them, whereas earlier albums were influenced more by hard rock and punk.
Los Aterciopelados, whose name translates as "the Velvety Ones," was formed by former members of Delia Y Los AminoÃ¡cidos -- Andrea Echeverri, who plays acoustic guitar and sings lead, and HÃ©ctor Buitrago, who plays bass guitar. The original drummer AndrÃ©s Giraldo was replaced by Alejandro Duque in 1995 and the original guitar player Charlie MÃ¡rquez was replaced by Alejandro GÃ³mez CÃ¡ceres in 1997. Also, lead singer Andrea Echeverri was chosen by Gustavo Cerati to sing " En la Ciudad de la Furia" for Soda Stereo's MTV unplugged album.