Celso Piña nicknamed the rebel accordion dies at the age of 66

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Celso Piña, the legend of cumbia music known as “the rebel accordion,” died Wednesday of a heart attack in his hometown of Monterrey, Mexico. He was 66 years old.

“The La Tuna Group is sad today, and we are deeply saddened by the unexpected departure of a member of our family, our friend, and teacher, Celso Piña, who died today in Monterrey at 12:38 pm. heart attack “The music label of Pina, La Tuna Group, in an advertisement via social networks. “Our most sincere condolences to his family, his friends, and his disciples. We have an intense emptiness, but he leaves us his great legacy forever. We appreciate the privacy of the family. ”

Recognized for her fusion of cumbia with other genres such as ska, hip-hop, reggae, and R & B, Piña earned a Latin Grammy nomination for her album “Barrio Bravo”. The composer, singer, arranger and musician collaborated with several artists, including Lila Downs, Julieta Venegas, Cafe Tacvba and Gloria Trevi, who contributed to the popular song “Safran with what I enjoy”.

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His other popular songs include “La Piragua”, “Reina de Cumbia” and “Cumbia Sobre el Río”.

Piña started playing music with her brothers Eduardo, Rubén, and Enrique. He did not learn the accordion before the age of 20 when he began to learn Vallenato style. In the mid-1980s he changed his style of music to play tropical music with his band Celso Piña and his tour of Bogotá.

He planned to perform in Arlington, Texas and Duluth, Georgia, before his death and performed in Acapulco in July.