Tango great Jose Libertella dies in Paris

9th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 8 (AFP) - Jose Libertella, one of tango's best-known bandoneon players, died of a heart attack on Wednesday at the age of 71 in Paris, his tour promoter Harry Lapp Organisation said.

PARIS, Dec 8 (AFP) - Jose Libertella, one of tango's best-known bandoneon players, died of a heart attack on Wednesday at the age of 71 in Paris, his tour promoter Harry Lapp Organisation said.

Libertella, born in Italy but who spent most of his life in Argentina, was in Paris for the stage production "Tango Passion".

The show was to go ahead as scheduled on Wednesday, in Libertella's memory and with only one bandoneon player, Luis Spazo, with whom Libertella had played for more than 30 years.

The bandoneon is a type of accordion popular in Argentina.

Libertella was born in Italy on July 9, 1933, and arrived in Argentina at the age of two. He joined the Osmar Maderna orchestra at the age of 16, staying with it through tango's golden years to 1955.

He gained international recognition later, in 1973, when with Spazo he created Sextetto Mayor.

In 1992 the two musicians directed the broadway revue Tango Passion.

Libertella's body was to be flown back to Argentina over the coming days, to be buried in Buenos Aires.

 

© AFP

Subject: French News

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