When he was fifteen he composed, together with a close friend, a song entitled “No quiero” and a year later Juan Parra, his uncle, offered him to record it in a studio as his birthday present. Initially, he did not have the intention of focusing on music; “however, he surprised a group of producers that ended up offering him to record an album, not without previously warning him that he needed a name that was more resonant, catchy and that would be well received in the urban genre scene”. Thus, he adopted the stage name of Maluma, which is a combination of the two first letters of the names of his mother Marlli, his father Luis and his Manuela sister. According to the artist himself: “It is a tribute to them because I love them and they are the drive of my career”. In 2010, when he was sixteen, Maluma started having singing lessons, and in his last year of high school, he decided to debut as an artist.