- Roberto Roena passed away at 81 years of age
- An emotional farewell was held for the salsero, but they discover something
- The remains of the Puerto Rican musician roamed the streets of his native Puerto Rico
Disrespect? After the sensitive death of Roberto Roena last Thursday, September 23, an emotional farewell to the salsero was made, but they discover something that did not go unnoticed by many. Before, the remains of the Puerto Rican musician roamed the streets of his native Puerto Rico.
According to information from AP, the Puerto Rican musician was a member of the Fania All-Stars and El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, as well as being the leader of the Apollo Sound orchestra. He was known as “The great dancer” and “The bongo man.” Rest in peace.
Lack of respect for Roberto Roena?
In different Twitter accounts, images and videos of the farewell for Roberto Roena were shared, which was very emotional and where different personalities gathered, not counting the speeches they dedicated to him and the interpretation of several of his songs.
However, what many people did not think was correct was that the coffin was left open during much of the ceremony, in addition to the fact that several people who came to say goodbye to it, it seems that they did not remember to take the necessary sanitation measures in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
Remains of Roberto Roena roam the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico
The remains of the Puerto Rican musician Roberto Roena, who died on September 23 at the age of 81, walked the streets of the San Juan district of Santurce as a tribute to the time in which he carried out his artistic development in this emblematic sector of the metropolitan area of the capital after arriving from his native Mayagüez.
As reported by Efe, the delegation left today from the Eheret funeral home to reach Aponte Street, where the musician from the legendary band Apollo Sound lived with his family. The coffin was taken out of the hearse upon reaching Aponte street, where the tambourines of the artist Tito Matos were heard.
He was an idol of the people
The funeral procession continued to the Plaza de los Salseros, where it stopped in front of the bust of the musician, where his children Iván, Brenda and Gladys placed flowers. It then continued to the Luis Llorens Torres residence, where Roena made her first presentation after the confinement caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Basketball player Antonio Latimer, who was waiting for him at the residential complex with a T-shirt with Roena’s image, praised the figure of the artist, whom he said he had admired since childhood. Latimer stressed that Roena was an idol of the people and a person respected by all.
Roberto Roena’s widow is going through a difficult situation
The delegation later went to the Roberto Clemente Coliseum, where an event organized by the Municipality of San Juan will be held. Antonia María Nieves, Roberto Roena’s widow, who was waiting in the coliseum for the arrival of the singer’s remains, said she was going through a complicated situation.
The widow had to resort to the Court of First Instance in Carolina to be allowed to participate in the funeral acts, which had allegedly been denied by the artist’s children. He also assured that he maintained fluid communication with Roena despite their apparent separation. The burial will take place this Monday at the Borinquen Memorial cemetery in Caguas (With information from Efe).
Roberto Roena dies at 81 years of age
The Cali Museum of Salsa in Colombia reported the death of salsa singer Roberto Roena, which occurred on Thursday, September 23 at night in that city. The museum was preparing a free tribute for the musician on Friday night that his admirers could attend.
Roena was born on January 16, 1940 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. Since he was a child he was a dancer with hypnotizing and fast steps on stage, first with mambo and cha-cha and later with salsa, which gave him international fame.
Roberto Roena and his Apollo Sound
In adolescence, the musician began to perform as a bongocero in the Cortijo y su Combo group and later as one of the founders of El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, a group of which he was part from 1962 to 1969.
Later, the Puerto Rican salsa singer decided to found his own orchestra, Roberto Roena y su Apollo Sound, whose name was a reference to NASA’s Apollo 11 space mission that was launched on the same day as the group’s first rehearsal in 1969.
A sad loss
With its combination of two trumpets, trombone and saxophone, Apollo Sound fused jazz with salsa and encompassed go-go, romantic music, and themes in English and Spanish, with hits like “Tú loco loco y yo tranquil”, “El scapulario”, “The deaf”, “Tell my opponent” and “Happy tide”.
The orchestra released the series of albums “Apollo Sound” that reached 10 volumes throughout its history and as many as its most recent production “Mr. Bongo ”from 2006. Roberto Roena was also a member of the super band Fania All-Stars (With information from AP).
The family conflicts at the funeral of Roberto Roena draw attention
“I am here for my husband, to be here with him. They did not want to allow me, but I understand that it is my place and I must be with him “, commented Antonia María Nieves Santos, who had to appeal to the Court of First Instance in Carolina to be allowed to be part of the farewell to the salsero.
“I came in peace, I am calm,” said Nieves Santos, who was aware of Roberto Roena’s state of health, but was still surprised by his death, which occurred last Thursday, September 23 at night.
Personalities fire the musician
Don Rafael Ithier, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Víctor Manuelle, Adalberto Santiago, Sammy Marrero, Bobby Valentín and Papo Lucca, among other musicians, were present at the farewell to Roberto Roena, who was exposed for several hours with the coffin open.
“He was always that, a big boy, and as I say, he was a puppet. He had a distinctive and it was doing bad things to others, he enjoyed that and you ended up laughing at the bad things he did, ”shared Rafael Ithier, founding director of El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.
“That was dad”
For her part, Gladys, the musician’s youngest daughter, recalled Roena as follows: “As a father, as a grandfather, as the center of our family, he was like this (joker), very affectionate, very responsible in his work, very committed to your time with us. That was dad. “
“I feel with a very inflated chest and very sad because he will not be with me and that day to day with him was very important, but grateful for those who are here; grateful that I was with him, that we never left him. My brothers and I and that we gave him a lot of quality time and happiness in his last years, “he concluded.