This is how they will celebrate the birthday of the ‘Cacique of the Junta’ in Valledupar

Every May 26 is a day of celebration for the fans of the always remembered Diomedes Díaz. Today the ‘Cacique of La Junta’ would be turning 67 years old and although his death took him away from his followers and folklore, today there is nothing left but to remember him with his songs, to pay tribute to him.

Their songs will resonate in every corner of Colombia and especially in Valledupar, where the recent pain of the death of the singer-songwriter and accordionist, Omar Geles, who composed nine songs for the Cacique of the Junta, with whom despite some altercations, is also experienced. , immortalized his musical message.

His birthday was immortalized in the song ’26 de mayo’, released in 1994, and in whose lyrics ‘El Cacique’ paid tribute to his roots.

Diomedes Díaz lived his last birthday in 2013. That day he invited very close friends, and especially his mother Elvira Maestre, to his manager José Zequeda’s house. The party took place in ‘El Kiosco del Cacique’, as they called the space reserved for parties and meetings, recalled Joaquín Guillén, former manager and close friend of Diomedes.

“Ten years have passed since the greatest exponent of Vallenato folklore left us, but his birthday is always remembered by his fans, who, year after year, come to Jardines de Ecce Homo to sing and give him the flowers that he liked so much,” he said. .

Today, from 5:00 in the morning the fireworks were heard in Valledupar, as a custom that ‘El Cacique’ had on every birthday.

At 8:00 am a wreath will be placed at the tomb of Diomedes Díaz, located in Jardines Santo Ecce Homo in Valledupar, where a mariachi serenade will also be offered, since ‘El Cacique’, although his genre was vallenato, loved them the rancheras.

At 10:00 in the morning there will be a holy mass at the tomb, and then a musical tribute led by his brother Elver Díaz and other members of the Díaz Dynasty.

“Oh, on the 26th of May/a little boy was born in the year 57/and there at the meeting he was baptized/and today he is known by the name of Diomedes…”. These lyrics resonate today in the hearts of the fans and always followers of the immortal vallenato, Diomedes Díaz,” said Guillén.

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Rafael Santos, Diomedes’ eldest son, says that his father’s birthday is a date that he will never ignore, as long as God allows it. “The ‘Daddy of the Chicks’, as we called him, liked to celebrate with few people; He drank drinks and listened to songs by the Zuleta Brothers, Jorge Oñate, rancheras by José Alfredo Jiménez, Pedro Infante and Antonio Aguilar. We could spend hours on that plan, he liked to call my grandmother, my brothers and even my mother.”

He states that today is a day that fills him with nostalgia, but he always fills himself with strength to fulfill his tribute. Decorate his grave with flowers, sing to him and remember him as he always was in his parties, even singing the song May 26, which was a kind of vision of his life.

“He made it at the age of 17 in Carrizal when he was recording with Colacho Mendoza, he already envisioned how big it was going to be. He gave it to Rafael Orozco along with Cariñito de mi vida to record them, but Rafa chose Cariñito de mi vida and finally my old man recorded it with Juancho Rois in 1994 on an album that bears that title,” Santos recalled on one occasion. to a half of the region.

“Oh, on the 26th of May/a little boy was born in the year 57/and there at the meeting he was baptized/and today he is known by the name of Diomedes…”. These lyrics resonate today in the hearts of the fans and always followers of the immortal vallenato, Diomedes Díaz.”

Today he rests next to his mother Elvira Maestre, in a space that pays tribute to the exponents of Vallenato folklore and who today are legends for Colombia and the world.

Like every year, today his fans will remember their idol who would be turning 67 years old.

The tributes will take place from 8:00 in the morning before the tomb of ‘El Cacique de la Junta’ in Ecce Homo Gardens.

Their songs will resonate in every corner of Colombia and especially in Valledupar, where the recent pain of the death of the singer-songwriter and accordionist, Omar Geles, is also experienced.


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