Joan Sebastian has been recognized by critics and colleagues for his contribution to the Mexican culture, getting his lyrics performed by prominent Latin artists. After leaving a local seminary at the age of 17, the young man started to get involved in popular music, dedicating his first composition, called "Juliantla," to his native town. In 1977, JosÃ© Manuel Figueroa decided to call himself Joan Sebastian -- paying tribute to San Sebastian, where he used to work. He embarked on a successful career, having the opportunity to play a role in the Latin series TÃº y Yo and receiving the title of King of Jaripeo. In 1999 the popular artist was diagnosed with cancer, but he didn't stop working. A year later, Secreto de Amor received awards for song and album of the year in the Regional/Mexican category. ~ Drago Bonacich, RoviPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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