Salta’s popular troubadour Daniel Toroauthor of well-known songs, among which his greatest work stands out Zamba to forget you, died this Thursday in a hospital in Salta, where he had been hospitalized since April 28, with a picture of pneumonia. He was 82 years old and had an endearing charisma.
Family sources are confident that the precarious health conditions – due to cancer – which afflicted the musician years ago precipitated in this last hospitalization.
There will be someone who, reading these lines and recalling his interesting work, say your anthem was titled zamba to forgetif the final “te”.. But originally, he registered it in SADAIC as Zamba to forget youwith three alternative subtitles, including the “forget”. In fact, many of the colleagues who have chosen it for their repertoires have opted for the alternative title.
Born January 3, 1941 in Salta, Toro has signed more than a thousand worksamong which are true classics of Argentine and Spanish-American songwriting that were able to deal with both love and social issues.
Father of the other musician Facundo Torocreated romantic anthems such as to go find you (with Ariel Petrocelli) my sad butterfly and the aforementioned and highly versioned Zamba to forget you, which have been interpreted by hundreds of artists. The Mercedes Sosa version is not to be missed.
But, beyond some of its classics, also the Taurus gave an attractive boost to the testimonial theme of songs, among which they stand out When I have land (also with Petrocelli), This American Christ AND the antigalo (with Lito Nieva and Petrocelli).
From the antigalo Also there is a beautiful version that Abel Pintos was able to prioritize with the power of his voice and his emotionality. Everything was always grateful to that rescue made by the Bahiense.
The work was created in a relatively short timesince Taurus was one of the voices that the last military dictatorship wanted to silence through censorship and then had to resort to the pseudonym of Casimir Cobos.
In the midst of this political trance, in 1979 the musician suffered throat cancer what did he do lose his voice and keep him off stage.
An artist not to be forgotten
“Some artists stay in the collective memory for just one song. In Daniel’s case, he’s famous for Zamba to forget youbut we must add that he is Indian and that he was on stage less than 10 years, having to retire with banned songs during the dictatorship and throat cancer It’s like a lot of headwind, isn’t it?“, said the communicator Silvia Majul, author of the documentary The Namer (2021) what dimension of the life and work of Taurus.
The musical journey of the salteño started in 1959, integrating various local groups such as Los Tabacaleros, Los Forasteros, Los Viñateros and Los Nominadores.
Recently around 1966 he began his solo career and a year later, at the Cosquín National Folklore Festival, he received the Consecration Award.
Since then and in the following years, the artist has released highly successful albums, including The name, Songs for my land, Songs for my city, A year of love, Tours of love, When I have land, Back to folklore, Proverbs of my city, The dream of the troubadour, The American Christ, Zamba to forget you, Engañada and write me a letter.
Part of that legacy, somewhat blurred due to the passage of time and the long absence from the scene, has however been saved by the film by the El Jume production house, where eloquent references made by colleagues such as Teresa Parodi, Victor Heredia, Nadia Larcher, Abel Pintos, Los Carabajal, Mariana Carrizo AND Franco Ramirez.
This renowned gallery is also joined by musicians of other genres, such as Ricardo Mollo, Miguel Abuelo (thanks to unpublished material from the Miguel Abuelo Foundation) e Diego Torres.
Ricardo Mollo, who sings a version of When I have land Accompanied by Agustín Carabajal and by Nadia Larcher in a recital, he later told Télam: “I am grateful for this challenge that unites me with songs that have accompanied me throughout my life”.
In a brief communication, the leader of the rock trio Divididos highlighted that Toro has “a job and a career that show him as a great composer and precious thinker for this music of ours”.
At the time and on the verge of turning 80, Daniel himself told that news agency that “I’m glad I tried to leave something that has a positive cultural value and do nothing”.
“I am convinced that I was protected by Godwho sent me to Earth to fulfill this mission of making so many songs, and I was able to and I have not lived just because“he added in a conversation with Daniela (one of his six children)to which Télam agreed.
Later, and in relation to his very successful years, Toro reflects: “When I was number one I learned that it is useless to be number one, because many people come to you who think things are very easy“.
Charles Hurd is an entertainment journalist for News Rebeat. He brings a fresh and engaging voice to the world of pop culture, covering the latest developments in film, television, music, and more.