R.I.P.: Remembering the Music

Carl Lessard via lhasadesela.com

It’s been almost 15 years since Selena met her tragic demise. Known as the Queen of Tejano music, she was just 23 when a deranged fan murdered her in Corpus Christi, Texas. Capital Latin/EMI celebrates the life of the superstar with La Leyenda (out March 9), a 4CD box set, a 2CD deluxe edition and a single-disc hits collection that includes personal messages from those that knew her best.

The memory of Selena’s death got me to thinking about two other singers whose recent passing I neglected to mention. Last week, Roberto Sanchez, lovingly known as Sandro, died of complications from a heart and lung transplant. A hit with our parents’ generation, the Argentine crooner sang romantic ballads that were all the rage in the 60’s. And much like Elvis, who he was often compared to, he starred in over a dozen movies that made the girls squeal.

On Jan. 1, 37-year-old singer-songwriter Lhasa de Sela lost her battle with breast cancer. Born to a Mexican father and American mother, she sang in English, French and Spanish and drew on many genres—from Mexican ranchera to Americana—to create what has been described as “often disconcerting” songs that left their mark on listeners. Have a listen to “Rising,” a beautiful, yet sad, track that seems to tell of her state of mind before she died.

 

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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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