Mexican Cumbia Artist Celso Piña Dies at 66

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Celso Piña performs at The Farwest on Sept. 8, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.

Cumbia artist Celso Piña died Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 21) in Mexico. He was 66 years old.

The news was announced on Celso’s official social media pages with the following message: “Today is a sad day for La Tuna Group, with deep pain we communicate the unexpected departure of a family member, our friend, and professor Celso Piña who died today in Monterrey at 12:38 p.m. due to a heart attack. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and followers. We are left with an intense emptiness, but he leaves us his great legacy forever. We appreciate respecting the privacy of the family.” 

The Mexican singer, composer, arranger and accordionist was known for his “cumbia rebajada” style, fusing traditional Mexican cumbia with elements of Regional Mexican, ska, hip-hop, reggae, R&B, and more. 

Some of his popular songs include “Cumbia Sobre el Rio,” “La Piragua,” “Reina de Cumbia” and his collaboration with Gloria Trevi in “Sufran con lo que yo gozo.” 

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