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Celso Pina (1953–2019), legendary Mexican accordionist

by Kirk Fox

Celso Pina was a legendary Mexican accordionist and singer known as “The Accordion Rebel.” He taught himself to play the accordion with no formal training. Pina was a very important musician in the genre of Cumbia music. He was a pioneer in combining tropical music with modern music such as hip-hop, reggae, ska, and other music styles. He released more than 20 albums in his career and toured around the world, including the United States.

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Died: Wednesday August 21, 2019 (Who else died on August 21?)


Details of death: Died at the age of 66 from a heart attack.

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Statement from his record label, La Tuna Group: “With deep pain, we communicate the unexpected departure of maestro Celso Piña, who died today in Monterrey at 12:38 pm due to a heart attack. With more than 20 albums in his career, the musician was a pioneer in the mixture and fusion of tropical sounds with many of his works having elements of cumbia, Regional Mexicano, cumbia sonidera, ska, reggae, rap/hip-hop, R&B, and more. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and followers. We are left with an intense emptiness but he leaves us with a great musical legacy. We appreciate respecting the privacy of the family. Rest in peace Celso Piña, The Accordion Rebel”

What they said about him: “The world has lost a legend… R.I.P.” —Cultura Colectiva

Full obituary: Univision

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