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Rafael Orozco passed away one night on June 11th 30 years ago. Photo: RafaelOrozcoMestre
Rafael Orozco passed away one night on June 11th 30 years ago. Photo: RafaelOrozcoMestre

Tribute to Rafael Orozco 30 years after his death

The vallenato singer's homeland in Colombia honored his death 30 years later.

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Thirty years ago, on Thursday night, June 11th, 1992, the vallenato singer-songwriter Rafael Orozco Maestre was seen for the last time at the door of his residence in the north of Barranquilla. After that, eight gunshots ended the life of the precursor of romantic vallenato.

In tribute to his death, today a symbolic act honoring the life of the singer was held in his homeland Becerril.

The event was promoted by the Foundation for Cultural Promotion and Development and the Symphonic Orchestral Center of Becerril, chaired by the Colombian maestro José Salatiel Madrid.

"Rafael Orozco lives in our hearts and on this date we will continue to remember him. This is how we will pay him a tribute consisting of a religious act, musical-conversation to continue perpetuating his legacy, and more in his homeland. I thank all those who have joined this event, especially the Fundación Festival de la Leyenda Vallenata", said José Salatiel Madrid.

The events began in the town's main square with a Eucharist, words by Maestro José Salatiel Madrid and Mayor Raúl Machado Luna, musical presentation by the Orozco-Díaz Brothers, speeches by accordionist Emilio Oviedo Corrales, composer Tomás Darío Gutiérrez Hinojosa and various guests.

The religious ceremony was followed by a symphonic concert with Fernando Meneses, Andrés Portillo Córdoba, Jonathan Bornacelli and Jorge Aragón Orozco, known for being the Colombian double of the artist as 'Yo me llamo Rafael Orozco'.

Finally, to honor the passing of the singer, a wreath was placed at the monument of Rafael Orozco, located in the main square of Becerril.

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