Colombian guitarist Ernesto ‘Teto’ Ocampo, partner of Carlos Vives, dies

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The Colombian guitarist and producer Ernesto “Teto” Ocampowho accompanied Carlos Vives in the production of successful albums such as “Clásicos de laprovincia” and “La tierra del olvido”, died this Wednesday.

“My friend and music teacher Ernesto Ocampo has just died. Thirty years ago we recorded our first album together, ‘Clásicos de laprovincia; that guitar sound in ‘La gota frida’ that first broke into vallenato was him “Vives stated on his X account (formerly Twitter).

The singer-songwriter added that he feels “orphan of musical father” for the death of the 54-year-old guitarist, who had been fighting cancer for months, according to his brother Tito Ocampo.

The singer-songwriter remembered Ocampo “with his guitar and his Arhuaca blanket” and said that after “La tierra del olvido”, his second album, “he did not want to travel the world anymore and dedicated himself to his students and to undertake the leadership of the musical archeology in Colombia and America with his group Mucho Indio”.

“That is why the Sierra (Nevada de Santa Marta) also mourns him and the older brothers and the notes of his Arhuaca flute will be heard forever when the magical mamos send them flying through the Sierra to remember him,” he told the artist.

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