Infobox Musical artist
Name = Kudai
Img_capt = Kudai performing on stage, in their first tour for
Background = group_or_band
Origin = Santiago,
Genre = Pop
Years_active = 2000-present
EMI Capitol Records
URL = [http://www.kudai.cl www.kudai.cl]
Current_members = Tomás Cañas
Past_members = Nicole Natalino
Kudai is a
Chilean pop rockgroup founded in Santiago, Chile. Its original members were "Tomás Cañas Manzi", "Pablo Holman Concha", "Nicole Natalino" and "Bárbara Sepúlveda Labra". In 2006"Nicole Natalino" left the group citing personal reasons, and was replaced by Ecuadorian " Gabriela Villalba". The band's name comes from the " Mapudungun" word "küdaw", meaning "work." They released three albums in all latinoamerica " Vuelo" in 2004, " Sobrevive" in 2006and " Nadha" in 2008, this is the first album of the band in released in United States.
The group is hugely popular mostly among teenagers in
South America, the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico, and has sold around 1 million records worldwide [ Kudai discography] .
With their debut single,
Sin Despertar, which reached #15 at the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks, they received Radio Airplay in whole South Americaand Spain. Sin Despertarwas included in their album Vuelo, which was a worldwide success, reaching 3x Platinum status in Chile, Platinum status in Mexico, and selling around 500,000 copies worldwide.
They are well-known for hit songs, such as
Sin Despertar, Ya Nada Queda, Escapar, Déjame Gritar, Llévame, Tal Vez, and most recently, Lejos De Aquí.
They also performed the theme song for Quiero Mis Quinces, a show for MTV Latinoamérica.
Quiero Mis Quinceswas also a hit in Mexico, reaching #7 there.
Kudai was formed in the year
2000, when a band of children was put together to sing tribute songs of Italian hits of the 1980s. This band was called Ciao, and produced only one disc with relative success. Afterwards, they begun to perform group-submitted songs and musical interpretations of diverse instruments and changed their name to Kudai. This word comes from the mapudungunword "kudau", meaning "young worker". The group is hugely popular mostly among teenagers in South America, the Caribbean, Panamá, Central America, and Mexico, and have sold around 1 million records worldwide [ Kudai discography] .
2000-2005: Ciao and debut album
Though the group only released one album, it was met with reasonable success. The group began accepting song submissions and concentrating on performing original material in hopes of breaking out of its niche market. Their reinvention was complete after changing their name from
Ciaoto "Kudai", which is derived from the Mapudungun "(native Chilean language)" word kudau, meaning "young worker." In 2004the group, now comprised of four vocalists (Pablo, Tomas, Barbara, and Nicole), released its debut record, entitled " Vuelo" (Spanish: "Flight"). Thanks to a string of successful singles, Vuelo soon achieved platinum record status. The group began its steady climb to the top with a Best New Artistnomination from "MTV Latin American video music awards" for their music video for them first single " Sin Despertar", quickly escalated to the first places of Chileanmusic rankings. Soon, they released their second single, " Ya Nada Queda", which achieved great success as did their third single, " Escapar". " Vuelo" went platinumin August 2005.Kudai was nominated for "Best Artist—Central Region" and "Best New Artist—Central" Region in the MTV Video Music Awards Latin America 2005. They released their first DVD, which included their 2004-2005 Tour, in September 2005 called " En Vivo - Gira 2004-2005". The album was released in Mexicoin July 2006with a different cover. It has the same tracks. The album sold more of 500,000 copies worldwide. [ [http://music.aol.com/artist/kudai/biography/495390 AOL.com] Kudai's Biography]
2006-2007: "Sobrevive" their second studio album
2006, they recorded their second album called " Sobrevive" released in June 15, 2006this album debuted at #1 in Chileon the most sold albums of the year and gained the status of gold album for the 15,000 copies. The album was released in 2007in Mexicoand sold more than 350,000 copies worldwide.
This album was the last record on which Nicole Natalino sang. She left the group due to problems with the manager and
economictroubles. Although this was not a problem to gained a goldalbum. This album was not released in the rest of Latin Americadue to the promotion of their first album " Vuelo" and the problems with the departure of Nicole. After the departure of Nicole Natalino, Gabriela Villalbareplaced her and re-recorded the album featuring Gabriela's voice. The difference between Gabriela and Nicole's voice isn't that different in some of their songs like their first single " Dejame Gritar", but in some songs Gabriela's voice is much stronger than Nicole's sweet voice and released it on September 26, 2007in Chile.
The first single is "Déjame Gritar" which went #1 in
Chileand Argentina. The video of the single features Nicole before her depature and also hit #1 spot on many tv channels and programs like in Latin Americaand reached number 1 at MTV Latin America's TRL" Los 10+ Pedidos" in Argentinaand Top 20. During their promotional tour, Nicole Natalino left the group, and she was replaced temporarily by Gabriela Villalba, an Ecuadoriansinger who was part of an Ecuadoriangroup called "Kiruba". Villalba was part of Kudai's tour opening act. She became a permanent member of the group, and now contributes to the group's excellent trajectory. The second single is " Llévame" and this performs at all Gabriela Villalba. The video also features the new member and it was filmed in Los Andes in Chile. This version of the record is promoted in Latinamerica. In addition to replace Nicole's voice, the track listing also changed a little bit. The song "Si He Tocado El Suelo" was removed and put a new one called " Tú"
They also performed the theme for the
MTV Latin America's show, "Quiero mis Quinces" (English: " My Super Sweet 16"). On October 19, 2006, the group won the "MTV Latin American video music awards" award for "Best Central Artist" and "Best Pop Artist", which they dedicated both awards to their fans and Natalino, ex-member of the group. After the success of the group, they were invited to the Viña del MarFestival that was celebrated on February 2007. On October 2, 2007their released the first live album (fourth overall) called "".
To the finals of 2007 they moved to
Mexicoto launch their international career and left Chile. Kudai closed their career on Chile when they played in the Festival of Viña del Mar, which was their last presentation on the country until now. Kudai has revolutionized punk and rock music in Latin America. They recorded their third studio album called " Nadha". The album has 12 songs, of which six were written by the producer Koko Stambuk ("ex-musician of Glup!"). Three other songs are from the recognized producer Carlos Lara, who is considered to be the creator of RBDand has collaborated with musicians such as Lyndaand Ricky Martin. Cathy Lean ("Ex-Mal Corazón"), from Chile, also wrote two of the album's songs. Kudai chose to interpret the songs of Alanis Morissetteand her band's bassist Eric Avery ("ex-Jane's Addiction"). The album was mastered at the Los Angeles, Californiastudio Igloo Music under the direction of Gustavo Borner, who has worked with well known artists such as Diego Torres, Ricky Martin, Sin Bandera, Phil Collins, Placido Domingoand N'Sync, as well as working on the motion picture soundtracksof " Rush Hour 2", " Miami Vice" and " Finding Nemo". [ [http://www.wow.cl/prontus_wow/site/artic/20080130/pags/20080130114358.html wow.cl] Kudai talks about their third studio album called " Nadha"]
Kudai band member
Gabriela Villalbahas said that this album is a turning point in Kudai's musical career:
"Now is the time that Kudai needs to show and prove many things because if we remain the same, we will be categorized as the teen band that will never grow. I feel that this third album is a very decisive stage for Kudai. We are going to fight to rid ourselves from the title of "the band that wants to be popular" and actually present good material."
Rumors saw Kudai maybe performing in
World Peace Onein 2008. The group maybe playing in Berlin, Germany, though other sources claim they maybe playing in Puerto Rico. They appeared also in one episode of Skimoand performed " Déjame Gritar". Their album " Nadha" make hit in stores in May 3, 2008in Chileand released in the all Latin Americain Mexicoobtained goldcertidicacion for their sales. On May 12, 2008, Kudai premiered their new music video with the Mexicanmusic group, RBDand Lola called "Estar Bien" (Be Well). The song is apart of a campaign for awareness of obesity, anorexia, bulimia, and for being well, happy, and getting active in Mexico. The video shows the singers on a tour bus singing around the City of Mexico while citizens do various stretches and cardiovascular exercises. On August 5, 2008the band will make debut in United Statesmusic market with their first album released there. On July 21, 2008their second single of " Nadha", "Nada Es Igual" was released.
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Awards and nominations
* [http://www.kudai.com.mx Official site] (in Spanish)
* [http://www.kudai.com.mx/portal/hgxpp001.aspx?44,18,127 Kudai Nadha] (in Spanish)
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