Guerra, Juan Luis
- Sydney Hutchinson
(b Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 7, 1957). Dominican singer, guitarist, and composer. Known today for his merengues, Guerra began playing rock music as a teenager, first on drum set and then guitar. Following his musical training at the National Conservatory in Santo Domingo and Berklee College in Boston, Guerra formed the musical group 4.40 in 1984 together with Roger Zayas-Bazán, Maridalia Hernández, and Mariela Mercado, later joined by a fifth, Marco Hernández. The group’s name, taken from the frequency of pitch A440, reflects both their musical training and focus on Manhattan Transfer-influenced quartet singing. The first Dominican to win a Grammy for Best Tropical Album with his Bachata Rosa (1991), Guerra has also been awarded three Soberanos, the Dominican Republic’s highest prize in the arts; an honorary title from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo; and a record-breaking five Latin Grammys in 2007 for La llave de mi corazón...