- Mourning in the world of Hispanic music
- Well-known singer dies at 62 from cardiorespiratory arrest
- Enrique Chalar, better known as Pil Trafa, died at his home in Lima, Peru
The bad news does not stop in the world of Hispanic music now that the death of singer Enrique Chalar, better known as Pil Trafa, who died at 62 years of age due to a cardiorespiratory arrest at his home in Lima, Peru, is confirmed .
Through the official Instagram account of the musical group Pilsen, his last band, this news was shared that shocked his fans, who followed the trajectory of Pil Trafa since its inception with Los Violadores, a mythical Argentine punk band.
They say goodbye to the singer Pil Trafa
“It is with deep sorrow that we regret the passing of our beloved leader, Enrique Chalar. Pil left us physically this afternoon suddenly at his home in Lima, Peru, as a result of a cardiorespiratory arrest, at the age of 62 ”, you can read in this message.
Finally, Pil Trafa was described as a warrior, a pioneer of Latin American punk and underground, an enlightened lyricist, spokesman for an entire generation, a fighter and a tireless captain of a thousand battles: “There are no words enough to express our regret.”
The farewell message for the singer could not fail to include his relatives, especially his wife and son, as well as “all his followers who always meant so much to Pil.” Reactions to this news were immediate.
“How painful. My big hug to the whole family ”,“ No. no and no. I’m never going to accept it ”,“ I can’t believe. I’m in shock ”,“ What sad news, we greet his family at this difficult time ”,“ You are fucking me… I can’t believe it ”,“ Part of my adolescence goes with him ”.
Nobody imagined what the singer Pil Trafa would go through
In one of the most recent publications of the Pilsen band, posted just two days ago, a photograph of the singer Pil Trafa in one of his concerts was shared, as well as a news that filled all his fans with joy.
“Always with the heart Pil! Good news is coming for everyone in the Pilsenera family. Playing on all digital platforms! October 2021 starts the ‘Meat, Lands and Blood’ tour. If you want us to visit your city, write to us at [email protected] ”.
The emotional farewell for Enrique Chalar
After confirming the death of the singer Enrique Chalar, better known as Pil Trafa, it did not take long for the farewell messages to arrive, including from the journalist Gustavo Gómez, who shared a series of images with the Pilsen vocalist.
“Yesterday I sent you a message, dear Pil, where you showed your house in Bucarelli and Tamborini in Villa Urquiza… I wrote this to you… I knew that Pil house, year 89 ′ after the Cement show, I came exclusively from the coast to see them… I went to visit you, you were not there, your old lady attended me… And minutes later, ‘Paradoxically’ you are with her ”.
The last publication of the singer
With more than 6 thousand followers on his Instagram account, the singer Enrique Chalar had shared 341 publications until July 29, in addition to sharing the following text in his description: “I wish I were a fisherman / Falling in the seas / Far from the dry land / And they are bitter memories ”.
In his most recent publication, he announced a presentation that he would have via streaming, although his fans, upon learning of his death, wanted to say goodbye to him: “I’m going to miss you”, “Good journey, warrior … How sad … The legacy of Los Rapists, Pilsen and all your adventures … Thanks Pil “,” My soul hurts “,” You are going to miss a lot “.
An outstanding trajectory
According to information from Infobae, the singer Pil Trafa, with the group Los Violadores, recorded nine studio albums, the first of which, released in 1983, is considered a key album for the development of punk in Argentina and throughout Latin America.
Some of the most representative songs of this band, which he formed together with guitarist Stuka, were They are, One, two, ultraviolent, Beyond good and evil, Indian Market and Repression. In 1992, Enrique Chalar would form the Pilsen group.
He collaborated with both Los Violadores and Pilsen
Although many would think that after having formed the band Pilsen, the singer Pil Trafa would put Los Violadores aside, it was not like that, since in both groups he continued to collaborate, in addition to carrying out several solo projects.
With his last band, Pilsen, he launched productions such as Calles, tierra y sangre, Radio Olmos and Bestiario, among others, although most of his fans, and those who were not very aware of his career, remember him more with Los Violadores.
The anthem of the singer Pil Trafa
1, 2, Ultraviolento is considered by many one of the great anthems of Los Violadores, along with the theme Repression. In 1, 2 … references are made to the movie A Clockwork Orange, directed by American Stanley Kubrick in 1971.
In his biography, it is said that Enrique Héctor Chalar was born in Villa Urquiza, the only child of parents of German and Basque descent. He lived his adolescence during the last dictatorship in Argentina, which generated a provocative attitude. He suffered repression and torture, both from the military and the police.
“I was not born a musician, nobody in my family plays”: Pil Trafa
In an interview, singer Pil Trafa shared how he discovered punk: “I remember El Expreso Imaginario said that they were rubbish, the worst, that they were to give it to the referee. I wasn’t born a musician, nobody in my family plays, and I saw an opportunity in punk for those of us who don’t study music. Because at that time it was all jazz rock and symphonic, all virtuoso, all neat. I needed something else ”.
It was in 1980 that Enrique Chalar became known with the nickname of ‘Pil Trafa’, derived from the word ‘piltrafa’, due to his extreme thinness and also in part, to his appearance as a ruffian. He also uses that nickname, due to the fact that he wore T-shirts with the logo of Public Image Limited, the band of vocalist Johnny Rotten, after the separation of the Sex Pistols.
The Violators, Pilsen and his solo career
As mentioned above, Enrique Chalar is remembered for his presence in the musical band Los Violadores, which achieved great success with the songs Represión and 1,2, Ultraviolento. Together with his partner Stuka, he created more iconic themes.
And with Pilsen, Pil Trafa came back again and again, although he would also achieve success with songs like Cockroaches for breakfast and Iván was a communist. As a soloist, he launches two productions: The Monopoly of Words and Last Man. He is survived by his wife Claudia Huerta and son Ian. Rest in peace.