Rodrigo Amarante, this week’s Billboard Latin artist on the rise, is not a musical neophyte: he formed the band Little Joy with The Strokes’ drummer Fabrizio Moretti, and has shared the stage with Devendra Banhart, in addition to being a member of Brazil’s samba rock group Los Hermanos and putting out a solo album, Cavalo, in 2014.
But with Amarante’s sultry song “Tuyo,” the supremely hummable, dark-edged theme for Netflix’s Narcos, ringing in the ears of series binge watchers for the past year (and now up for an Emmy), people have been asking, “who is that?”
Name: Rodrigo Amarante
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro
Sound: Amarante, who sings dreamily in Portuguese, Spanish a English and French, is a modern indie rock lover schooled in cosmopolitan boss nova seduction. In a word, irresistible.
Major accomplishment: Amarante’s Narcos song “Tuyo” is up for a 2016 Emmy in the Outstanding Original Title Theme category.
What’s next: Amarante kicks off a North and South American tour at The Belasco Theater on Aug. 30. He’ll be on the road in the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay through the end of September; he heads to the UK and France in October.