Invented salsa Dominican musician and composer Johnny Pacheco died at the age of 85, according to El País.
The death was confirmed by Pacheco’s relatives.
“With great pain in my soul and emptiness in my heart, I inform you that Johnny Pacheco passed away this afternoon. Thank you for all your prayers and all the love that you gave him always,”- said his wife, Maria Elena Pacheco.
According to them, on 14th February, the musician was hospitalized with pneumonia, and on 15th February, he died.
Johnny Pacheco (John Azaria Pacheco Kinipin) was born on 25th March 1935 in the Dominican Republic, at the age of 11 he moved to the United States of America, with his parents. “Salsa is my way of life and my existence. This is what I feel inside when I get up every morning. Salsa is not just listened to. You have to dance, because it is this dance that brings the dead back to life,” he said in 1988.
In New York, the musician has created a record label Fania Records. “Black has been a Motown record label, White – his own music, and we came up with a new sound of Latin music,” – said the musician in a 2006 interview.
Pacheco has been nominated for a Grammy award nine times, and has received an honorary Latin Grammy award.
Singer Mark Anthony expressed his condolences over the death of Pacheco, calling him “the maestro of all maestros” and a good friend. “Your sense of humor was infectious, and I am always grateful for your support and for the opportunity to be in your presence and for your wonderful heritage”, – wrote Anthony.
Pacheco teamed up with Jerry Masuchchi to establish Fania Records in 1964. Since its inception, the record label has helped promote artists such as Celia Cruz, Larry Harlow, Ray Barretto, Bobby Valentin, and others. Multi-Pacheco was also a nine-time nominee for the award “Grammy” – including the nomination “Best Tropical Latin American Performance” and “Best Latin Recording”.