Childhood and artistic beginning
Juan Luis Londoño Arias was born on the 28th of January of 1994 in the Colombian city of Medellín. Son of Marlli Arias and Luis Londoño; he has an older sister, Manuela, who studied psychology and philosophy. In his early childhood, he was a fan of soccer, which he practiced continuously for eight years. He played in the lower divisions in the teams Atlético National and Equidad Sports Club. He also played in volleyball, Ping-Pong, chess tournaments amongst others. On the other hand, he also had a passion for music, which he displayed both at home and school, and to his best friend Camila Andriuolo who later became his girlfriend. He studied at the Hontanares School in El Retiro, and used to write lyrics on request for his class-mates´ girlfriends. In the tenth grade he took part in a Singing Contest that he won with the song ¨Tengo Ganas¨ by Andres Cepeda, and in December that same year he starred in a Theater play.
When he was fifteen he composed, together with a close friend, a song entitled “No quiero” and a year later Juan Parra, his uncle, offered him to record it in a studio as his birthday present. Initially, he did not have the intention of focusing on music; “however, he surprised a group of producers that ended up offering him to record an album, not without previously warning him that he needed a name that was more resonant, catchy and that would be well received in the urban genre scene”. Thus, he adopted the stage name of Maluma, which is a combination of the two first letters of the names of his mother Marlli, his father Luis and his Manuela sister. According to the artist himself: “It is a tribute to them because I love them and they are the drive of my career”. In 2010, when he was sixteen, Maluma started having singing lessons, and in his last year of high school, he decided to debut as an artist.
ART AND MUSIC SAVED MY LIFE, THEY ALLOWED ME TO DREAM AND CREATE HOPE
In october 30th, 2015, it was the launching of “Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy”, throwing it to the first position of sales in USA, according to latin álbum top list of Billboard and immediately his hit “Borró Casette” occuped the first position in the Latin Air Play list of Billboard. From this Album got detached his hits like “El perdedor” and “Sin Contrato”. In 2014 and 2015, He served as judge and trainer at “La voz kids” T.V. show and in october 2015 he give his first steps as businessman of his first clothing line.
In february 2016 he took part at “Lo Nuestro” Awards, when he sang the song “Pa Mayté” as tribute for Carlos Vives, alike he sang there the song “Desde esa noche” as well with Thalía. In 2017 he was invited as artist and judge for “Viña del Mar” festival in Chile, in the same dates when the “chantaje”song gets launched, played with Shakira, immediately it got become in a wordwide hit, as well as the song “Vente pa`ca” together with the Puerto-Rican famous Ricky Martin.
Maluma is considered by critics as one of the music urban artists with greater impact in Latin america, winner of uncountable prizes and recognitions in the music world.