Mourning in folklore: Eduardo ‘Polo’ Román, historical musician from Los Chalchaleros, died

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He died in the city of Mar del Plata. It was a rhythmic mainstay of the legendary group.

Eduardo “Polo” Román, recognized for being a member of the legendary folk group Los chalchaleros, died this Tuesday at age 83 in Mar del Plata after his health deteriorated due to an illness, according to the musician’s relatives.

The instrumentalist – who had lived for decades in that city on the Buenos Aires coast – I had been hospitalized for a long time unable to recover.

The folklorist born in Cafayate, Salta, on March 7, 1937, began as bombisto and singer in Los Porqueteros de Yatasto (group that had the look of Gustavo “Cuchi” Leguizamón).

But he joined the quartet that emerged in 1948 in 1966 to record the album “En esta zamba ausente” in replacement of Víctor Zambrano, founding member of the group, and remained in it until the final farewell in 2002.

The initial formation also had as members Carlos Franco Sosa, Aldo Saravia and his cousin Juan Carlos Saravia but later, with the entry of “Polo”, Ernesto Cabeza and “Pancho” Figueroa also joined the Salta band.

With other changes – due to the death of Cabeza from Rio Negro, which in 1980 motivated the arrival of Facundo Saravia to the group– Polo remained as a rhythmic pillar of the traditional Los Chalchaleros proposal.

In 2014, 12 years after the long goodbye of the popular group, Román and Figueroa decided to recreate that legend with the album and show “The second is going.”

“When we said goodbye in 2002 with the Chalcha, my sadness was very great, I was missing something and that is why I had decided to continue with a show remembering their history, but for those things that life has, we met Pancho (Figueroa) in Mar del Plata, where I live, and after some talks we said ‘why not?’ “, then Roman said to Télam.

“We walked through the streets and people asked us ‘Why did they leave? and that ended up convincing us to return doing something well criollito, with guitar, bass drum and two voices “, completed” Polo “.

Román’s death is the second of a Chalchalero this year, since on January 17 he left at 89 Juan Carlos Saravia.

Telam Agency

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