Jorge Drexler (b. September 21, 1964) is an Uruguayan singer, the first Uruguayan to win an Academy Award, which he won for composing the song "Al Otro Lado del RÃo" from The Motorcycle Diaries. Though Drexler himself sang the song on the soundtrack, it was performed together by Antonio Banderas and Santana at the 77th Academy Awards ceremony.
Drexler was born in Montevideo, where he studied medicine and became a doctor. He also studied music and recorded two albums, which were only released in Uruguay. In 1995 he was invited to Madrid (Spain) by well-known Spanish songwriter JoaquÃn Sabina, who introduced him to other important Spanish singers. Drexler went to Spain to record the album VaivÃ©n in 1996 with Spanish musicians. VaivÃ©n included some old songs from his previous releases mixed with new compositions. He moved to Spain and recorded another four albums: Llueve (1998), Frontera (1999), Sea (2001) and Eco (2004).