Good bye Joe Arroyo

Last week, one of my music idols passed away. “El Joe Arroyo”, one of the best singers Colombia has given to the world, left us, leaving a legacy of beautiful music that will stay in our hearts for ever. A bright musician, who lived a life between fame, drugs and sickness, deteriorated his body to the point it could not recover. At age 56, “El Joe”, left this world and all I can say is: Joe, find peace in heaven and thank you for your music.

“EL Joe Arroyo” was born in Cartagena on November 1st, 1955. His musical career started when he was very young (13) singing in Cartagena’s brothels. In 1971 he became a nationally known artist when he joined the band “Fruco y sus Tesos”. He performed with the band for 10 years, until he began his solo career with his band “La Verdad”

Joe Arroyo became very successful by mixing salsa, soca, kompa, zouk and other music from the African Diaspora in a unique style that has earned him the prefix of Chonero de la Salsa by critics and fans.

Joe’s music is part of our culture, it is part of our lives, our memories, and ourselves.



4 responses

  1. Meme

    Definitivamente la mayoría de grandes artistas viven llenos de excesos que la vida no les perdona… El domingo salió un artículo en El Tiempo contando su vida y sus últimos años atormentado por el vício y su esposa manipuladora. Léelo amiga, muy bueno!
    Excelente música! Excelente Artista! QEPD!

    August 3, 2011 at 9:52 am

  2. Rob

    Such a great artist,\ and La Rebelion is one of the best songs about the experience of the diaspora. It’s up there with Bob Marley’s Buffalo Soldier for me. Keep posting Elen.


    August 3, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    • Thanks Rob. La rebelion is my favorite song too. He was a great artist!

      August 4, 2011 at 10:33 pm

  3. Gina

    Wow. He was an amazing salsero! I loved his music, it was great rumbando to all his wonderful music, R.I.P Joe Arroyo! ❤

    August 4, 2011 at 12:06 am

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