The veteran Puerto Rican salsa singer Tito Rojas, known for topics like “The salsa rooster“and for subjects like” I will always be “or” Lady of dawn “, he died at dawn this Saturday at 65 years of a presumed heart attack.
Jessica Rojas, one of the singer’s daughters, confirmed the death to the music radio station Salsoul.
The interpreter’s relatives were who found him on the ground and without vital signs on the balcony of a residence in the Tejas neighborhood of Humacao, a municipality on the east coast of Puerto Rico.
“This morning a call to 911 alerted about a medical case in a residence in the Tejas neighborhood of Humacao,” these publications detail.
The last presentation that Rojas offered was a virtual one last Thursday, Good night, through his YouTube page, together with his orchestra.
Rojas, likewise, participated in the most recent production of the Puerto Rican salsa singer Gilberto Santa Rosa, “Colegas”, on the song “Por la calle del medio.”
“No one is eternal in the world, not even having a heart that feels and sighs for life and love so much … rest in peace, understood,” said the Puerto Rican reggaeton player Don Omar on his Instagram account.
Julio César Rojas López, the artist’s real name, released his first album -of his more than 25-, “Mima la pululera”, together with Pedro Conga in 1972.
After that experience, he joined the Cuban singer Justo Betancourt’s orchestra and the Borincuba ensemble, with which he recorded “Distinto y different” (1977) and “¡Presencia!” (1978), according to the biography included in the book “Historia de la salsa” by the Puerto Rican journalist and sociologist Hiram Guadalupe.
Although he later separated from her, Betancourt produced his next two albums as a soloist: “Borincuba with love: Presents Tito Rojas” (1978) and “Borincuba here” (1979).
The singer later worked with Conjunto Borincano, with which he released a record in 1980. Five years later he recorded with the Luisito Ayala orchestra and the Puerto Rican Power.
“El gallo salsero”, as Rojas was known, had a vast career spanning more than 40 years, in which he released other albums such as “A my style”, “By own right”, “Humildemente”, “I want to get to home “,” The usual “and” Traditional “.
The also singer of the hits “He collided with life” and “Condéname a tu amor”, was known for his expressions such as “Dale pa’bajo”, “Perdona sae”, “Claro, brute” and “Take pa’tu House”.
His last production was “A rooster for history”.
Prior to that album, he released “The traveler”, an album that he published under his own label, TR Records (the first was “Independiente”, published in 2012), and has eight songs.
“It is an album for the good rumba and street dancer, in the style they know Tito Rojas,” said at that time the former member of the orchestras of prominent musicians, such as Puerto Rican Pedro Conga, Cuban Justo Betancourt and Puerto Rican Power.
Before working independently, the career of this 59-year-old musician was in the hands of Musical Productions, with which he released the albums “Sensual”, “A mi Estilo”, “By own right”, “Humildemente”, “Canta gallo, canta” and “Tito Rojas”.
His death joins that of “Cano” Estremera
Rojas’ death joins that of another prominent Puerto Rican salsa singer in 2020, Carlos “Cano” Estremera, who died on October 28 at the age of 62.
Estremera, known for hits such as “Her wedding”, “El toro”, “El caimán” or “Love me in slow motion”, died in a hospital on the island, where he remained hospitalized for about a week due to multiple complications of Health.
The governor of Puerto Rico mourns her death
The governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vazquez, this Saturday lamented the sudden death of veteran Puerto Rican salsa singer Tito Rojas.
In a tweet, Vázquez indicated that Puerto Rico “is in mourning and the world of salsa with the sad departure of our Tito Rojas, the Gallo Salsero.”
“Our family is a salsa company and we deeply feel their departure. A hug of solidarity from us to their families. May they rest in peace!”, Said the governor in her message.