Remembering Uruguayan Musician José Carbajal, ‘El Sabalero’

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Uruguayan Singer and composer José Carbajal, nicknamed “el Sabalero,” was found dead in his house in Villa Argentina, Uruguay on October 21, 2010. He died of a heart attack at age 66. José Carbajal is considered an icon of Uruguayan “canto popular” [popular song], as Martin Charquero (@MartinCharquero) explains via Twitter. Throughout the day of his death, Uruguayans have been reacting to the news of his death on social networks; and, as Mariu (@mariu070) said on Twitter.

Uruguayan music is mourning the death of the great Sabalero

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José Carbajal [es] left Uruguay in the 70s during the military government. He lived in Argentina, Spain, Mexico, France, and finally the Netherlands. He returned to his native country in 1984, but left for the Netherlands again in 1992; he had been traveling back and forth between Uruguay and the Netherlands for the past 14 years. In his song “Borracho pero con flores” [Drunk but with flowers] he sings:

Soy cantor, cantándole a mi pueblo voy
de país en país
dejo en versos lo mejor de mí
y me llevo su calor

I’m a singer, singing to my country I go
from country to country
I leave in verses the best of me
and I take its warmth with me

Original on Global Voices, posted by Silvia Venas
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