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Frederick Moura

His brother Marcelo, also a member of Virus, reminds this great icon of national rock with his best words.


Federico Moura was born in the city of La Plata on October 23, 1951, and died young, on December 21, 1988, at the age of 37. He was a musician, singer-songwriter, composer, record producer and clothing designer, and is considered one of the most influential and recognized musicians of Hispanic and Latin American  rock  .

As Virus leader, Federico Moura was a key force in Argentina's musical renewal, which took place with the end of the dictatorship and the return of democracy. His singing, lyrics and disruptive compositions marked a before and after in national rock. His songs have their own stamp and commitment, and his style marked an era that sounds and resonates, over the years, with the power of ever.

Among his most remembered discography are Wadu Wadu (1981); Recrudece (1982); Inner Hole (1983); Relax (1984); Madness (1985); Vivo Virus (1986); Pleasure Surfaces (1987); Scream in the Sky (1988, discography as a soloist). And among the tracks that broke it and hummed daily, “A honeymoon in the hand”, “Early delivery”, “I can program”, “Inner hole”, “What do I do in Manila?”, “Pagan images”, among many others.

Three decades after his departure, his presence and legacy remain strong. And to remember, who better than Marcelo Moura, his brother of life and stage. In 2014, Marcelo joined very graciously in the tribute that since the then Ministry of Culture of the Nation we paid to Federico. The proposal, to define his brother, to dedicate a few words to him, to share what he felt and wanted. He wrote a kind of poem, the purest and most loving way he found to pay a well-deserved tribute to his “master” and “treasure”.

 Federico Moura, by Marcelo Moura 

“Defining Frederick for me is a challenge. I looked for the moment when my words flowed and with their image in my head I began to think of adjectives that would describe his personality. It's not a poem, I just wrote what my heart was dictating to me.”

“ Diamond Soul”

Restless spirit, bright and subtle, beautiful, fragile, diamond soul, romantic, acid, unique, gallant, lucid, practical, noble and elegant, satirical, critical, genius, lacerating, neat, talkative, energetic and vibrant.

A shooting star drawing in the sky, an example to follow, a perfect path.
A total dispossession of petty interests, a clear vision, a light, a lot of brightness.
A magnet, attraction, divine envoy, cause or mission that guided your destiny.
A total dedication, a genuine artist, unparalleled value, unfiltered courage.
Marginal, different, a total rebel, was a gift from God when Fede came.
My teacher, my pride, my mentor, my treasure, who went in my arms, I still cry him.
It was gray his look or an emerald green, a precious stone, nestled in my soul.
I didn't see him walk, because he always flew, and it was clear the message he always gave us.
He passed through life, like a lethal ray, gave it as an offering with total dignity.
I feel it with me, wherever I go and I know that he takes care of me, with deep love.
Fate is written, by a greater order, the past, the future is the same, it is today.
Frederick is my brother and everyone's brother.
In an ambitious, stupid and cowardly world, he was an example to follow.
Yesterday was the light, he is now an ANGEL.

Source: Cultura.gob.ar 

Publication Date: 21/12/2019

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