Who is Manuel Turizo?

Born on 12 April, 2000, in Monteria, Colombia, under the fire sign of Aries, Manuel Turizo Zapata is a 19-year-old Colombian rapper, singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, who has recently become one of the most popular reggaeton artists on the planet. He rose to fame in 2016 with “Vamonos” and “Baila Conmigo”, which were released independently and produced solely by his brother. In 2017, he achieved superstardom with the release of “Una Lady Como Tú”, which charted near the top in several countries. The success of the song earned him a contract with Sony Music, and a subsequent North and Central American tour with Puerto Rican trap and reggaeton sensation Ozuna. Since then, he has become one of the household names of the ever-evolving Latin music scene.

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Early Life and Education: Destined to Be a Musician

Manuel grew up in a household where music was a central part of life. His mother and father are former musicians, while his older brother started making beats and singing when he was a teenager. Thus, young Turizo was exposed to artistic influences ever since he was a toddler. ‘Music was sort of a compulsory thing in my household’, recalls Manuel through laughter. ‘There wasn’t even a single moment of peace and quiet, but I loved it.’ When he was still in pre-school, he learned how to play several musical instruments – piano, guitar, ukulele and even the saxophone. Funnily, he didn’t even consider becoming a musician for most of his life – he loved animals and dreamed of becoming a veterinarian.

It wasn’t until his brother Julian talked him into taking singing lessons, after which Manuel became infatuated with using his vocal chords as an instrument, and never looked back. However, he wasn’t willing to forego his education either, so he took internet courses in an unspecified subject. This gave him more time to focus on making music.

Career Beginnings: Vamonos, Baila Conmigo and Una Lady Como Tú

Unlike most aspiring artists, Manuel wasn’t eager to release songs just for the sake of releasing them. Instead, he wanted to be absolutely confident in his vocal skills before he shared his work with the public. In 201, he released two singles, “Vamonos” and “Baila Conmigo”, both produced by Julian Turizo, his older brother. Both tracks quickly became viral, which resulted in promoters and reporters taking an interest in the 16-year-old reggaeton sensation.

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He briefly toured around Colombia and the northern part of South America, where he was amazed by the turnout at each of his shows, and the fans’ dedication motivated him to work even harder. He also used social media to promote his work in a very effective manner. On 17 March 2017, Turizo released “Una Lady Como Tú”, a classically-sounding ballad with a modern, upbeat rhythm. The song dominated the Trending section of YouTube, and reached 300 million views in just two months. As of August 2019, the track has 1.3 billion views, which is unheard of for an independent artist. He was featured on Latin Pop Songs charts, MTV and broke several streaming records.

A Budding Young Star: Signing a Contract and Tour With Ozuna

With three successful songs behind him, Manuel proved that his achievements were far more than a stroke of luck. He signed with La Industria Inc. and their distributing partner, Sony Music. By this time, “Una Lady Como Tú” reached the top 40 of the Hot Latin Songs chart, and was steadily moving upwards. Puerto Rican trap and reggaeton star Ozuna loved Manuel’s songs and invited him to be his opening act for an upcoming tour in South and Central America. This gave Turizo the opportunity to gain new fans and ascend to the highest echelon of Latin artists in the 2010s. Together with Ozuna, he brought flair and passion to more than 30 sold out shows.

Recent Works

Also in 2017, Manuel joined forces with fellow reggaeton star Valentino to record the song “Besame”, which received significant airplay around the world, exploding onto the scene with over 50 million views in the first few weeks. At the end of the year, he treated his fanbase to another hit, this time a remix of “Una Lady Como Tú”, featuring Nicky Jam. Unlike his previous hits, this track was immensely popular in the US, which prompted a tour at the beginning of 2018, alongside Sebastian Yarra. After he returned from this series of concerts, Manuel worked with singer Sebastian to record several tracks, most of which are still unreleased. The same year, he dominated the charts with hits such as “Desconocidos” ft. Mau y Ricky and Camilo.

As of 2019, he continued his stellar form with a variety of songs and collaborations, the best of which are “Dile la Verdad” ft. Jowell, and “Esclavo de Tus Besos” alongside good friend and mentor Ozuna. As of August 2019, Manuel is working on his debut album.

Why is Manuel Turizo So Popular?

Manuel Turizo became one of the most popular Latin artists in the world, while still being underage. Why is this the case? Well, the main reason behind his omnipresence on websites, top charts and in magazine is his musical training. A multi-instrumentalist, Turizo has blended a reggaeton base with classic rock, folk and trap influences. He’s also collaborated with artists from various genres, which allowed him to expand his sound.

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Critics deem his popularity to be a product of his clever sense of marketing too, making him appealing to various demographics. Manuel himself describes his music as “urban”, stating the following: “My genre is urban, it is a challenge because it is a genre that is labeled as empty, meaningless letters; for me, that’s not music. For me it’s telling a story with a song.’

Personal Life: Does Manuel Turizo Have a Girlfriend? Is He Gay?

As for his romantic involvements, there is almost no information across any credible sources that could accurately describe this part of his life. Manuel himself tends to keep news about his partners completely private, and has not yet come forward to address these fan inquiries. Nothing is known about his early relationships, as well as his current status. He was never seen attending any public events in particular female company, and there’s no one that the fans suspect across his social media profiles.

There has also been no controversy regarding this matter. According to available information, or the lack thereof, Turizo is heterosexual and currently single.

Body Measurements: How Tall is Manuel Turizo?

Manuel Turizo is 5ft 7in (171cm) tall and his weight is approximately 143lbs (65kgs). He has several tattoos on his arms and other areas of his body.

Net Worth: How Rich is Manuel Turizo?

Have you ever wondered how affluent this Latin reggaeton star really is? According to credible sources, he has a net worth of approximately $2 million, amassed through aggressive marketing and cleverly picking the times he would release his singles.

Using his connections in the industry, as well as various collaborators, Turizo has established himself as one of the brightest stars in the world of music. Given the fact that he is still a teenager, Manuel will easily earn money in the future.

Online Presence

Thanks to the ever expanding grasp that social media and content sharing platforms have on worldwide audiences, it is in the best interests of most celebrities to keep their fans informed about their activities and thus maintain and potentially increase their ratings and profit. Turizo himself is no stranger to this popular trend, as his dedication to posting updates on his public profiles and engaging with his fans is at an all-time high. He is immensely popular on Instagram, with 8.8 million people following him. Twitter and Facebook are also used by Manuel, as he has 54,000 and 920,000 fans on these two platforms, respectively. YouTube is no different, with almost six million subscribers and three billion views being a testament to his superstardom.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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