He Moved To Mexico To Learn Spanish And Now This Korean YouTuber Is A Star For Channeling Classic Mexican Pop Icons
In recent weeks, we have witnessed the rise to stardom of a few new YouTubers coming from Mexico. We are now quite familiar with the amazing channel “De mi rancho a tu cocina”, with an adorable Mexican abuelita, named Angela, who shares her traditional recipes and displays her natural talent to be in front of the camera (read more here).
Well, there is another YouTube star coming out of Mexico, but he happens to be South Korean! He sings popular Mexican songs with such a pitch perfect voice that if you close your eyes and listen you think it is el mismísimo Príncipe de la canción, the recently deceased José José, serenading you with one of his legendary ballads.
So this is J-jun, a South Korean student who is living in Guadalajara to learn Spanish.
At first sight, he looks just like any other international student who wants to learn and immerse himself in the land of mariachis and tequila: Guadalajara, Jalisco, México! But J-jun is far from ordinary. He has an amazing voice and is obsessed with Mexican pop music icons!
And amazingly he is just learning Spanish but has an uncanny command of correct pronunciation
And we can tell he lives and breathes the language and is a pretty smart and dedicated guy. La noche es larga y el café barato! He has really put his mind and soul into learning la lengua de Cervantes.
And he is an overnight YouTube sensation!
He has over 70,000 followers on his YouTube account. And he deserves every single one of them.
And people have started recognizing him on the streets of Guadalajara.
Just look at his smile. Hermano, coreano, ya eres mexicano (do these words sound familiar? They were of course sang by thousands of Mexicans after South Korea defeated Germany in the latest World Cup and guaranteed Mexico’s ticket to the second round). Well, they absolutely apply for J-jun as well!
So this is why J-jun is a preeetty big deal.
Koreans have a deep love for karaoke. Basically, when young Koreans go out chances are they will end up in a karaoke bar. Well J-jun has the voice of a true K-pop star but he sings in Spanish!
In particular, he imitates José José perfectly.
Just look at him singing “La nave del olvido”. We get goosebumps, se nos enchina la piel.
Ya lo pasado, pasado… many Mexicans are mourning José José in the best possible way: through music.
And his version of “Ya lo pasado, pasado” has all the right mood swings that the great Mexican singer infused the rola with. It is important to note that J-jun started singing Mexican songs while in South Korea, before moving to Mexico to study.
Sing with us…. ya lo pasado, pasaaaaaado!
Ay, dolor! We just can’t contain back some tears of sadness, but also of joy. Sing with us… “no me interesa…”.
And South Korean Juanga is here! Si tu quieres seremos amigos.
If imitating José José requires professional singing skills, just imagine trying to do a Juan Gabriel impersonation. Well, our fave South Korean YouTuber does an amazing job. Just look at him singing “Así fue”. Just wow. We miss Juanga but we feel like his spirit might have found an unlikely conduit. Ay, nanita.
And of course, his magnum opus…. “El triste”. No, he is not lip-syncing.
Thousands have tried but ultimately fail. “El Triste” has to be the hardest ballad to nail in Spanish. The tones and intensity of the song go up and down and is anyone’s singing nightmare. He reminds us of José José’s legendary OTI presentation, when flowers and clapping showered him like a modern day god. But he totally takes our breath away. See for yourself.
José José would approve!
Pido un aplauso para el amor… and for this great South Korean dude with a Mexican soul.
And damn, he can sing salsa OK? This is Marc Anthony’s “Mi vida”.
He has some amazing looks as well! An instant star! Look at him salsa…. a veces llega la lluvia, para limpiar las heridas…
And just how adorbs is his family!
At the end, his 15 minutes of fame have not gotten to him and he remains a simple, humble young man. He often shares family moments with his fans on Instagram, like this one with his mom and his nephew. Ternurita! Wanna join his thousands of YouTube fans? Well, you just gotta go here.