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In the confines of the Argentine province of Santiago del Estero , located in the semi-arid plains of Gran Chaco, in the lands of the Termas de Rio Hondo, a hope was born. A hope of name Martha and surname of Los Rios , which would set the rhythm of folk traditions and Argentine folklore . Her real name was Marta Inés Gutiérrez de Vargas and was born on a day like today, April 15, 1906. From the beginning she consolidated herself as a renowned artist. And, little by little, he won the hearts of the faithful folklore lovers.
He began in 1931 as a tango singer. Despite her contralto record, Martha de los Ríos chose the path of popular genres. That year he made his radio debut as a tango singer and then devoted to northern folk music . He performed with the group Los Trovadores, with which it reached a wide spread throughout Latin America. In the 1950s she sang accompanied by her son Waldo de los Ríos. Among the songs he performed are especially remembered “Llorando stoy”, “Huachitorito” and “La Shalaca”.
He was coping the radios and, like a raging river, he overflowed the stages with his melodies and compositions . This woman was an outstanding singer of folk music from Argentina , recognized nationally and consolidated as an ancestral symbol. Martha de los Ríos is considered one of the five most important singers in the history of folk music. At the height of Mercedes Sosa, Marián Farías Gómez, Suma Paz and Ramona Galarza.
In 1985 , for his great performance, he received the diploma of Merit from the Konex Awards, recognized in the national music field and of great prestige. This recognition was given as one of the best. He also dabbed cinema, starred in the films Oil (1940), Alla en el Norte (1970) and El canto tells its story (1976). But his passage through the big screen did not become as deep as his expedition in the field of folklore.
Martha de los Rios was a single mother . His son Osvaldo Nicolás Ferrara, who would later adopt the nickname Waldo de los Ríos with which he would become famous, was born on September 7 in Buenos Aires. She raised him alone and fought as a single mother, taking him, next to her, on the path of musical success. The creature's father, Nicolás Ferrara, was a guitarist, but he never wanted to marry the renowned artist , early leaving the home they had consolidated.
Walter's childhood passed under maternal authority. Since a teenager he was driven to follow the rhythm of music and to train as an artist. Until he became a gifted pianist from a teenager , who always accompanied his mother's performances.
On March 28, 1977 Waldo de los Ríos committed suicide with a shotgun in his head at his home in Madrid, Spain. At that time, she was prostrate because of health problems. But, with the strength that characterized her , she claimed and fought for her son's remains to be brought to her home country. The remains of Waldo de los Ríos rest in the Buenos Aires cemetery of La Chacarita, in a garden called “The unforgettable”.
26 years ago, on January 13, 1995, her death also hit her. Taking it hard and without arrest, the only thing that would never stop would be the melodies that came out of his mind, revolutionizing the popular music scene.
Publication Date: 15/04/2021
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