Manuel Turizo Zapata, better known as Manuel Turizo and by the acronym MTZ, is a Colombian singer. Born and raised in Montería, he started making music at 13. He first became popular with his song “Una Lady Como Tú” (2016). He made his debut album ADN on August 23, 2019. Turizo’s music contains influences from pop music, trap, and vallenato and his vocal range has been classified as baritone. His most well known song is his 2022 single “La Bachata”.
“It’s something that is inside you already when you’re alive,” Manuel Turizo tells Apple Music about the innate inspiration behind his single “El Merengue.” A clever counterpart to last year’s runaway hit “La Bachata” and a standout moment on his new album 2000, the Marshmello collaboration captures the Colombian singer’s musical roots, paying due homage to the merengue-meets-electronica hybrids of the past while giving the tropical sound a modern update. “If you have Marshmello on the song, it’s not going to be a classic merengue—not traditional,” he says. “I was trying to make something different, to put another sauce in it.” This playlist is updated often, so if you hear something you like, add it to your library.