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This week, the chamamé lost one of its greatest legends: the great Ramona Galarza.
At the age of 80 the world let go to the Bride del Paraná . The beloved chamamecer Ramona Galarza died on Tuesday, September 22 .It happened at his home in Buenos Aires following cardiorespiratory arrest. A news that shook the entire artistic and cultural sphere of the country , especially the coastal region. Ramonita was born in the province of Corrientes , where he was born on June 15, 1940 . In his long career he recorded more than 30 original albums and participated in 9 films . Personally he was responsible for composing and disseminating countless songs that became part of the popular songbook of litoraleña music .
She was baptized Ramona Modesta Onetto, although Ramona Galarza was the name she chose to go into history . His career began during childhood in Correntine lands, a place he loved madly. As a teenager she made her first performances as a singer at family and school parties . But his strong footprint came with his incorporation to the Folkloric Orchestra of the Province of Corrientes , directed by Naum Salis. There, he shared the role of soloist with singer and songwriter Efraín Maidana , also known as Ernesto Dana. Then, at the age of 18, he had his first appearance on the big screen playing “Kilometer 11” . He did so in the film Alto Paraná , directed by filmmaker Catrano Catrani.
Once he reached popularity on his homeland, he decided to move to Buenos Aires to give greater impetus to his art. In Capital Federal he did a test for a record label that also opened the doors to love . It's just that in that company she met producer Fernando López , who would later become her husband . Over time, she received the nickname of the “Bride del Paraná ”, and became a national legend of chamamé . This was due to his participation in clubs, festivals, theatres, radio and television programs . In each of them he dedicated himself to defending its roots and popularizing littoral music.
Among his most recognized songs were “Merceditas”, “Pescador y guitarrero”, “La vestido celeste” and “Virgencita de Caacupé”. Not forgetting, to the mythical Guarani version of “Kilometer 11” mentioned above. He also shared the stage with great figures such as Ariel Ramírez, Raulito Barboza and the orchestras by Carlos García and Oscar Cardozo Ocampo. However, one of his most important collaborations was with Antonio Tarragó Ros , with whom he released the album Los Grandes del Litoral . The latter defined the artist as a sister and assured that work will have to be done to keep her legacy alive .
Ramona challenged geographical boundaries with his works . In this way, he toured Chile, Venezuela, Paraguay, Colombia and even Canada . He even appeared at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall auditoriums in the United States . His melodies came so far that, in 1989, he traveled to Australia to represent the genre. In turn, 1991 held various concerts in the cities of Washington, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Houston, Orange and Dallas . In addition, he took the microphone at an international popular music festival in Paris .
Both recognition and path traveled won him a distinction in 2008 in the Senate of the Nation for his contribution to Culture . In a story from the past, Ramonita humbly admitted to having been a bit of sand that came at the right time . Something like having been in the right time and place, where folklore was a boom and managed to accept it. For her it was a stroke of luck that would not have been possible without the previous contribution of artists she admired .The same feeling as today who will take their example from here on to take flight in the coastal chamamé .
Publication Date: 27/09/2020
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