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Concert to celebrate the life of Armando Manzanero

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Armando Manzanero is one of Yucatán’s most beloved sons and is widely held as the greatest musician to have ever been born on the Peninsula. Photo: Courtesy

Mérida’s Palacio de la Musica will hold a special tribute to Yucatán’s most beloved singer-songwriter on the first anniversary of his passing. 

The concert on Tuesday will feature covers of some of Manzanero’s biggest hits including “Contigo aprendí,” “Somos novios,” and “Amanecer.”

The concert will be conducted by Armando Manzanero’s long-time friend and producer, Edgar Fernando Cruz.

Mérida’s Palacio de la Musica is located in Mérida’s Centro, around the corner from the Teatro Peón Contreras. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Some of the musicians to perform at the tribute concert include the guitarist Daniel Parr, the saxophonist Osmani Collado and the percussionist Miguel Mañaná.

The show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28. Tickets are on sale, but seating has been limited to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Earlier: New museum, Casa Manzanero, pays tribute to famed Yucatecan singer-songwriter

Last year, less than a week after joining dignitaries in touring a cultural center built in his honor, legendary Yucatecan music star Armando Manzanero tested positive for COVID-19.

The trova legend passed away from COVID-19 five days later at a hospital in Mexico City. 

One of the most successful composers of postwar Latin America, Armando Manzanero Canché was born in Ticul in 1935— some accounts say Mérida — of Maya descent.

In 2001, he won the Latin Grammy for best vocal pop duo or group for Duets, in which he sings with artists such as Olga Tañón, Alejandro Sanz, Ricardo Montaner, Lucero, and Miguel Bosé. He received a 2014 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in the United States.

Armando Manzanero was recently brought to life on Netflix’s “Luis Miguel La Serie,” by Yucatecan actor Pierre David, who said that he was honored to “embody the great maestro.” The series explores the life, career, and loves of Mexican pop icon Luis Miguel, as well as his collaborations with other artists, including Frank Sinatra, Cristian Castro, and of course, Armando Manzanero.

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