Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas

Illya Kuryaki And The Valderramas

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Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas

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Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas was an Argentine rap duo formed in 1991 by Dante Spinetta and Emmanuel Horvilleur. In 2001 Dante and Emmanuel split to continue their solo careers. The duo took their name from that of the Russian spy Illya Kuryakin, a character in the hit 1960s TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and the Colombian football player Carlos Valderrama.


They met as children given the friendship between their parents, musician Luis Alberto Spinetta and photographer Eduardo Marti.In 1987, with 12 and 11 years of age, Dante Spinetta and Emmanuel Horvilleur formed with younger siblings a rocker version of Menudo. Later on they became a duo.

Fabrico cuero (1991–1992) (I make leather)

In 1991 they released their first album entitled "Fabrico cuero", which combines rap, synthesized sounds, catchy melodies and ironic lyrics. Public media accused them of being popular because of their names rather than their musical skills. But that changed when renowned musician Charly García invited them to play at one of his shows to perform "Fabrico cuero" and "Rap del exilio". They shared the stage with Luis Alberto Spinetta in Venezuela.

Horno para calentar los mares (1993–1994) (Oven to heat the seas)

In 1993, sales allowed them their second album, much harder than the previous one, with a new record label, PolyGram. It contains good songs like "No Way Jose" and "Virgin de rina". Despite having evolved musically, this album...
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