El merengue está de luto – R.I.P. Joseíto Mateo





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Dominican merenguero Joseíto Mateo passed away on June 1, 2018, at the age of 98. The Latin Recording Academy released the following message earlier today:

Joseíto Mateo, The Latin Recording Academy’s® 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, passed away today; but his music and stage presence will continue to bring joy and fill the hearts of many with the sounds of the beloved merengue rhythms. With an outstanding career that began in the 1930s, his recognition grew beyond the Caribbean, and his signature sounds enchanted international audiences. His extensive career, spanning close to seventy years, became an important cultural reference and a treasure of the Dominican Republic. The Latin Recording Academy profoundly laments the passing of Joseíto. Our thoughts are with his family, fans, and all of the Dominican Republic. Merengue has lost one of its brightest stars today.
Gabriel Abaroa Jr.
President/CEO
The Latin Recording Academy
Que descanse en paz “el rey del merengue.”

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