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Tanguero by chance

Today is Ricardo Daniel “Chiqui” Pereyra, the legendary rionegrino singer. Do you know his story? Did you know that tango took it by surprise?


  Ricardo “Chiqui” Pereyra was born in Patagonia,   in General Roca, province of Rio Negro. Although today it is known as a tanguero, the beginnings of “Chiqui” in music were in folklore.   I used to integrate folk groups   before participating in the television show that launched him to fame as a tango singer. In fact, if you hear the story in Ricardo's mouth, you realize that, actually,   is tanguero by chance.  

In 1978, when he was 26, Pereyra was about to go to work for Comodoro because he couldn't find work there for his payments. That's when Silvio Soldán, the driver of   Great values of tango   traveled to Rio Negro to look for young people who would like to register for the singers contest. Ricardo won a place to go to Buenos Aires and   was presented on Channel 9 for participation on 14 June of that year.   The theme he prepared was “Follow the corso” and he had so much, but so successful that   The directors of the channel removed him from the competition and hired him!   Ricardo exceeded the competition.

Part of what made it an immediate television success   it wasn't just his voice.   Ricardo too   he was elegant, friendly and canchero: an explosive cocktail that assured him as a tango figure.  

Ricardo recently spoke to Radio Nacional about that moment: “It was surprising from the first moment they called me to come,” he said, referring to Buenos Aires, because I was not a tango singer. It was composed of folk groups, mainly vocal,   where my voice didn't look much   obviously because there were four other voices, which with their volume covered more, with that sound that was used before and captained all the attention of the people.”

  A guy who was born backwards  

Even so many years later, Ricardo seems surprised at his own tour:”   I'm a guy who was born backwards in music.   Because I arrived already at the age of 26 and when I got there I met all the monsters of the 40s, the 1950s and my contemporaries, and to me it was very strange because at eleven days I was recording a... the old ones   long play   and from what I sang the truth that I did not understand any of the tangos, nor could I take what is said his hand.   Because he ignored the whole history of tango and also many of the reasons for which tangos were expressed   ”. And he still remembers, and in his voice there is some gratitude, who “armed” him as a tango singer, and he talks about how Armando Pontier and Roberto Grela helped him to see what was the tessitura and colorature of his voice, because at that time he did not know what tone he had to sing.

A provincial in Buenos Aires

Ricardo spent many years in Buenos Aires, but is still defined as “provincial”:”   My music was folk music, meetings were all like that.   And all of a sudden, they bring me to an unknown world and begin to present poets like Homero Expósito, musicians like Atilio Stampone, Raúl Garello, like so many others... (...) and I begin to discover Buenos Aires through his music.   I was always very impacted by the big city, more like a provincial.   It filled me a lot more   poetry   of everything I saw in tangos.” He met “poets”, as he defines them, as Homero Manzi and Homero Expósito who made him fall in love with this music.

Pereyra spent almost fifteen years on Canal 9. It was presented in the most important scenarios of Capital Federal. He toured indoors and abroad. In 1995 he won the   Konex Award as a male tango singer.   He proliferated on albums and shows and — to this day — says he's sorry that there is no good tango show on TV, to spread what musicians are doing.

  Happy birthday, Chiqui Pereyra!  

Ricardo continues to meet his years and continues with a lot to give.   He is preparing his last album since November last year.   I could not find the original video of Chiqui's presentation in   Great values of tango,   but I found this jewel on Youtube several years later, where he sings the song that launched it to fame.

Publication Date: 26/06/2020

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