Venezuelan Master of Musica Llanera Simón Díaz Dies at 85

Simón Díaz
Simón Díaz
Renowned Venezuelan singer-songwriter Simón Díaz passed away today, February 19, 2014 in Caracas.

Simón Díaz was born August 8, 1928. Also known as Uncle Simón, he was one of the most famous songwriters in Latin America. He dedicated most of his life to reviving the music of the Venezuelan plains, known as a musica llanera.

His songs were performed by some of the best known singers in the Spanish-language world, including Mercedes Sosa (Argentina), Caetano Veloso (Brazil), Joan Manuel Serrat (Spain), Danny Rivera (Puerto Rico), and Franco De Vita (Venezuela), Soledad Bravo (Venezuela) and José Luis Rodríguez (Venezuela). Diaz’s most frequently performed song is “Caballo Viejo,” which translates as “Old Horse.”

“Latin Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient Simón Díaz — affectionately known as “Tio Simón” — was not only Venezuela’s folk music ambassador but a highly respected composer and singer whose talent encompassed roles in film, television, and theater,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr. , President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. “Renowned for his poetic and lyrical compositions, as well as his work in the tango and bolero genres, he is especially remembered for his countless songs in the llanera music style of Venezuela and his unforgettable anthem “Caballo Viejo” — known by some as “Bamboleo.” His work will continue to live on and inspire future musicians, and he will forever be a part of the cultural fabric of his cherished country. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues and those touched by his music.”

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