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RIP, Bimba Bosé (January 23, 2017) Popular Spanish Singer, Model & Actress

Posted by themusicsover on January 23, 2017

Bimba Bosé (Born Eleonora Salvatore González)
October 1, 1975 – January 23, 2017

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Bimba Bosé was a Spanish model, actress and singers who graced some of the most respected fashion magazines and runways in the world.  Her contributions to popular music weren’t nearly as well-known, but included performances with her uncle, Miguel Bosé, the revered Spanish singer. In 2007, Bosé sang with her uncle on his hit single and video, “Como un Lobo,” which they performed on that year’s Latin Grammy Award show.  The following year Bosè formed the Cabriolets with whom she recorded three albums. Her first album, Demo, included guests, Marc Ribot and John Medeski. Bimba Bosé was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. She was 41 when she died from the disease on January 23, 2017.



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RIP, Loalwa Braz (January 19, 2017) Brazilian Singer; Sang Lead On Hit Single, “Lambada”

Posted by themusicsover on January 19, 2017

Loalwa Braz
June 3, 1953 – January 19, 2017

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Loalwa Braz was a Brazilian singer and songwriter who is perhaps best remembered for singing lead on Kaoma‘s international hit of 1989, “Lambada.”  Although Kaoma was a French group, Braz sang the song’s Portuguese lyrics on the record, which went on to sell over 5 million copies worldwide and help break Latin music into many non-Latin markets around the world.  Born into a musical family, Braz took up the piano at the age of four. Singing followed, and before she knew it, she was performing in the hottest clubs of Rio de Janeiro.  After the success of “Lambada,” Braz performed all over the world and was invited to collaborate with many top Brazilian and European recording artists. She continued to record and perform up until the time of her death.  In the morning hours of January 19, 2017, Loalwa Braz, age 63, was discovered deceased by Rio police in a burnt up car about 45 miles outside of the city.  Actual cause of death and other circumstances surrounding her death were not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (July 13, 2015) Joan Sebastian /Popular Mexican Singer-Songwriter

Posted by themusicsover on July 13, 2015

Joan Sebastian (Born Jose Figueroa)
April 8, 1951 – July 13, 2015

joan-sebastianJoan Sebastian was a Mexican singer-songwriter who counted at least 1000 compositions as his own. Over the years, his songs have been made into hits by the likes of Vicente Fernandez, Rocio Durcal and Pepe Aguilar.  Sebastian  was just a seven-year-old boy living in rural Guerrero when he first began writing songs.  As a teen, his mother sent to live in a monastery where he strongly considered a life as a priest, but after enrolling in a seminary, he decided he wanted a career in music. During the late ’60s, Sebastian met actress and singer Angelica Maria who not only asked him to write songs for her, but encouraged him to write songs for himself to record.  By 1974, he was living in Mexico City where he recorded his debut album, Pedro Parrandas to modest local acclaim.  During the ’90s, Sebastian landed a role in the popular Mexican soap opera, Tu y Yo, but still worked hard to further his music career.  In 2000, he released Secreto de Amor which became a smash in Mexico, the United States, and beyond.  In the U.S. alone, it sold over 4 million copies and earned him multiple Grammys.  He went on to become the most awarded Mexican performer in Grammy history.  In 1999, Joan Sebastian was diagnosed with bone cancer.  Although he battled it into remission a handful of times over the next several years, it ultimately took his live on July 13, 2015.  He was 64.

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Died On This Date (March 22, 2013) Bebo Valdés / Cuban Pianist & Bandleader

Posted by themusicsover on March 22, 2013

Bebo Valdés (Born Ramon Amaro)
October 9, 1918 – March 22, 2013

bebo-valdesBebo Valdés was a highly regarded Latin jazz musician, composer and bandleader whose name is synonymous with the golden age of Cuban music.  Making his name in Havana during the ’40s, Valdés went on to become the pianist and house arranger at the city’s legendary Tropicana Club from 1948 to 1957.  It was there during the ’50s that he became a key figure in the development of mambo.  In 1960, Valdés defected to Mexico and then moved to the United States and later settled in Sweden.   In 2000, he was featured in the acclaimed Latin jazz documentary, Calle 54, which brought his career a well-deserved second chapter in which he was able to entertain a whole new generation of young fans.  Throughout his career, he was awarded with seven Grammys, his most recent two in 2010.  Bebo Valdés was 94 when he passed away on March 22, 2013.

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Died On This Date (December 9, 2012) Jenni Rivera / Popular Banda and Norteña Singer

Posted by themusicsover on December 9, 2012

Dolores Jenney Rivera
July 2, 1969 – December 9, 2012

Jenni Rivera was a highly regarded Mexican American singer who, over a career that began in the early ’90s, earned the moniker of “La Diva de la Banda.” Born into a musical family in Long Beach, California, Rivera began singing at an early age.   In 1996, she signed with EMI/Latin Records and went on to sell over 20 million albums worldwide.  Popular on both sides of the US/Mexican border, Rivera became the first female Banda artist – a genre strongly dominated by men – to sell out the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  She could also easily fill larger theaters for multiple nights throughout many US and Mexican cities.  Throughout her career, Rivera was nominated for a Latin Grammy three times – in 2003, 2008, and 2010.  In the early morning hours of December 9, 2012, the Learjet which was taking Rivera from Monterrey, Mexico to the Mexico City area for a concert, fell off the radar.   The plane vanished about ten minutes into the 3:15 a.m. flight and never reached its destination, so a search was launched at daybreak.  The wreckage of the plane, which was carrying two pilots and five passengers was reportedly found several hours later with no survivors.  Jenni Rivera was 43.

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