The Accordion Rebel, Celso Piña, passes away
The Accordion Rebel, Celso Piña – Photo: Camila Mata/EL UNIVERSAL

The Accordion Rebel, Celso Piña, passes away

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The awarded Mexican accordionist was a pioneer in mixing popular genres with a tropical base

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Mexican singer, composer, and accordionist Celso Piña was urgently admitted to hospital San Vicente in Monterrey, Mexico due to a heart attack.

On Wednesday afternoon, Mexican journalist Denisse Maerker reported that the musician of “Cumbia sobre el río” had passed away.

Celso Piña,who was born on April 6th, 1953 in Monterrey, Nuevo León, was one of the most notable figures in Cumbia music, which is one of the most spread Latin American genres. He pioneered in mixing a tropical base with popular genres like Norteño, Sonidero, Ska, Reggae, Rap, Hip Hop, and R&B.

Throughout his career, Celso Piña, who was a self-taught accordionist and developed a unique style, won two Latin Grammy Awards for “Best Contemporary Tropical Album” and “Best New Artist From the North,” and also won an MTV Latino Award for “Best Alternative Artist.”


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