Cause of Death, Roberto Roena, the legend of salsa, is dead
The Puerto Rican timpanist and salsa dancer Roberto Roena died in Puerto Rico on Thursday, September 23, at the age of 81. The death of Roberto Roena, a timpanist, conductor and dancer of Salsa music, was announced by family and friends around him on social media. It is said that he died of a heart attack. Roena was born on January 16, 1940 in Mayaguez, western Puerto Rico, and began her dance career.
He joined the orchestra of Rafael Cortijo Ysu Combo and toured in New York at the age of 16. Roberto Roena worked as a dancer in the troupe for several months. Before his emergence in the orchestra as a Bongo performer, Notwithstanding, he continued to regulate the choreography and performed with the legendary Salceros, Ismail Rivera and Sami Ayala.
The timpanist then amalgamated with the big band Fania All-Star in the Latin music industry, and then El Gran Combo in Puerto Rico, where he discovered former colleagues of Cortijo Ysu Combo, such as Rafael Ithier, Eddie “La bala Pérez and Martín Quinones, etc.” .
Roberto Roena decided to form a new band Los Megatones in 1967, but his biggest project was discovered 2 years later, originating the Sound of Apollo named after NASA’s spacecraft, allowing his music to be heard in space . This concept fuses salsa, rock and bossa nova in a unique era. Only two weeks after its creation, the band plunged into the studio and recorded their first track “Roberto Roena ysu Apollo Sound” under the Fania brand.
Specialist Roberto will talk about the phenomenal benefaction of Roberto Roena to the world of salsa in the program Domingo Salseros, on September 26 at 8 p.m.