Pastor López

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Pastor López
Birth nameJosé Pastor López Pineda
Born(1944-06-15)15 June 1944
Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela
Origin Venezuela
Died5 April 2019(2019-04-05) (aged 74)
Cúcuta, Colombia
Genres Cumbia, Porro
Years active1967–2019
Associated actsNelson Henríquez, Willie Quintero

José Pastor López Pineda (15 June 1944, Barquisimeto – 5 April 2019, Cúcuta) [1] , better known as "El Indio Pastor" (Pastor the Indian), was a Venezuelan singer-songwriter who worked primarily in the style of Cumbia.

Barquisimeto Place in Lara, Venezuela

Barquisimeto is a city in Venezuela. It is the capital of the state of Lara and head of Iribarren Municipality. It is an important urban, industrial, commercial and transportation center of the country, recognized as the fourth-largest city by population and area in Venezuela after Caracas, Maracaibo and Valencia.

Cúcuta Municipality of Colombia in Norte de Santander

Cúcuta, officially San José de Cúcuta, is a Colombian city, capital of Norte de Santander department. It is located in the northeast of the country, in the eastern branch of the Colombian Andes, on the border with Venezuela. Cúcuta has a population of approximately 750,000 people according to the 2005-2020 census, making it the 6th largest city in the country. Due to its proximity with Venezuela, Cúcuta is an important commercial center. Hosting many billion dollar companies. The international border in Cúcuta is said to be the most dynamic of South America. The city has a length of 12 kilometres from north to south and 11 kilometres from east to west. It is divided into 10 communes and it is the political, economic, administrative, industrial, cultural and tourism hub of the Norte de Santander department.


Career and Death

He started out singing Joropo in a group with his brothers, but didn't gain more widespread notoriety until joining forces with fellow musician Nelson Henríquez. [2] After two years performing in Nelson Henriquez's group (1972–1973) he decided to branch off and form his own: "Pastor López y su Combo." Many of the cumbias he has recorded are interpretations of works associated with "Peruvian cumbia", including "Cariñito sin mi", "Bonita y Mentirosa", and "Traicionera" among others. [3] The success of his more than 30 year musical career has not been limited to his two nations of residence, Venezuela and Colombia, but spans the United States, Canada, Spain, the UK, and other countries with significant Colombian and Latino populations. [4] He was one of the foremost recording stars for the dominantly Cumbia record label Discos Fuentes. [5] .

Joropo Venezuelan folk music and dance

The Joropo is a musical style resembling the fandango, and an accompanying dance. It has African, Native South American and European influences and originated in Venezuelan territory, have very variants: tuyero, oriental,llanero.. It is a fundamental genre of Venezuelan música criolla. It is also the most popular "folk rhythm": the well-known song "Alma Llanera" is a joropo, considered the unofficial national anthem of Venezuela.

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Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a sovereign state largely situated in the northwest of South America, with territories in Central America. Colombia shares a border to the northwest with Panama, to the east with Venezuela and Brazil and to the south with Ecuador and Peru. It shares its maritime limits with Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Jamaica, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Colombia is a unitary, constitutional republic comprising thirty-two departments, with the capital in Bogota.

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He died on 5 April 2019, at the age of 74 years, at the North Clinic in the city of Cucuta, Colombia, after having suffered a stroke. [6]

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