In the month of February, the world of music lost two of her beloved children, leaving a lasting imprint on all those who for decades had admired their talents and dedication and been delighted by their performances.

Simón Díaz
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Simón Díaz (1928-2014)
I don’t know a single Latino who, at some point in his or her life, did not dance to or hum Caballo Viejo, or Bamboleo, as this song was renamed by Julio Iglesias and the Gipsy Kings. What not everyone knows is that this track was born of the talent of Simón Díaz, a Venezuelan musician, composer and singer, whose legacy is regarded as one of the most important for both Venezuelan and Latin American popular music. His most significant musical achievement was the rescue of the Llanero style, a native Venezuelan rhythm to which he devoted himself entirely. By studying, composing and disseminating it, he is singlehandedly credited with creating the genre. In 2008, Díaz received a Grammy Award for his career achievements.

Paco de Lucía
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Paco de Lucía (1947-2014)
The chords no longer vibrate. The guitar is silent. And we try to breathe in that massive silence with a shrinking heart. Paco de Lucía was one of the best contemporary Spanish flamenco guitarists, and throughout his career he contributed to the popularization and internationalization of this musical genre. He was never limited to pure flamenco, but searched into other musical realms, incorporating influences from jazz, bossa nova and other rhythms.
In 2004 he was bestowed the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, and in that same year he won a Latin Grammy for the best flamenco album. He was given honorary doctorates by the University of Cádiz (2007) and by the Berklee College of Music (2010).