Gustavo Cerati was bestowed the title of “Distinguished Citizen” by the city of Buenos Aires last week, an official honor that has accompanied the more personal musical tributes which have surfaced for the singer and guitarist.
Cerati, best known as the front man of the legendary Argentine rock group Soda Stereo, has been in a coma since 2010, after he had a stroke following a solo concert in Caracas.
Artists from Mexico’s Café Tacvba, pop star Juanes, alternative rocker Draco Rosa and Puerto Rican reggae band Cultura Profetica have paid tribute by covering Cerati’s songs. Shakira and U2 are among those who have dedicated songs onstage to the 54-year-old musician.
Watch ten tributes to Cerati:
Draco Rosa, “De Musica Ligera”
The recent Latin Grammy winner and Grammy nominee Rosa performed Soda Stereo’s fist-shaking anthem “De Musica Ligera” on his recent tour. “Faith is what has to dominate,” Rosa said, introducing his version of the song at a Los Angeles show in October 2013.
Fito Paez, “La Velocidad del Tiempo” (para Gustavo Cerati)
Cerati’s Argentine contemporary penned an ode for his latest album, “Yo Te Amo,” released in November. Cerati fans should have plenty of Kleenex nearby when listening to this ballad, a brief toast to a friendship and testimony to anera.
Cultura Profetica, “Bocanada”
The popular Puerto Rican reggae band Cultura Profetica chose the title track of Cerati’s second solo album, "Bocanada," for their loungey tribute during a 2012 concert at Buenos Aires’ Luna Park.
Shakira, “Sale el Sol”
Cerati wrote and produced several songs with Shakira, who dedicated her 2010 single “Sale el Sol” to him during a performance at Rock in Rio Madrid.
Jorge Drexler “Té para Tres”
Singer/songwriter Jorge Drexler performed Soda Stereo’s “Té para Tres” in homage to Cerati during a 2010 show in Buenos Aires.
Fernanda Ulibarri, “Canción Animal”
Young Argentine singer Fernanda Ulibarri explored her identity in the video for her gutsy cover of Soda Stereo’s “Canción Animal.”
Juanes, “De Música Ligera”
Juanes’ well-intentioned but tepid stab at “De Música Ligera” left the Colombian pop star open for criticism when this 2010 video went out on social media.
Café Tacvba, “Juegos de Seducción”
Café Tacvba rocked out at the Buenos Aires Planetarium on the Soda classic “Juegos de Seducción.”
Shamnes Crew, “De Música Ligera”
Shamnes Crew, a young dancehall band from Chiile, released an entire album honoring Cerati and Soda Stereo in 2011, which includes their righteous cover of “De Música Ligera.”
Benito Cerati, “Terapia de Amor Intensiva”
Twenty-year-old Benito Cerati has taken up the guitar, braving a career in music in the wake of his father. Having clearly inherited his dad’s onstage posture, he performs the Soda song “Terapia de Amor intensive” with Richard Coleman and Fito Paez at a benefit concert in Argentina earlier this year.
Now watch Cerati himself perform “De Música Ligera” with Soda Stereo before the masses at one of the band’s 2007 comeback concerts at Buenos Aires’ River Stadium: