Inaugural mural honoring legendary musician Johnny Pacheco in the Dominican Republic

The Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic inaugurated this Friday a mural in tribute to the legendary Dominican musician Johnny Pacheco. The artwork projects the trajectory of the tropical music artist. The mural is located in the Plaza de la Cultura Juan Pablo Duarte, next to the Pedro Henríquez National Library in Santo Domingo.

Pacheco, a native of Santiago de los Caballeros and who since childhood lived with his family in New York, was an outstanding musician, composer and arranger.

Considered by experts and lovers of Latin music as one of the fathers of salsa, Pacheco created in the 1960s the Fania Records label and later the Fania All Stars orchestra, through which the greatest artists of Caribbean music passed. and many new musicians rose to stardom.

The 85-year-old artist died in New York of pneumonia, his wife told CNN on February 15.

The mural was made by Dominican artists Johann Báez, Gabriel Doñé, Néstor Omar García and Puerto Rican David Sepúlveda, reportedly.

The Minister of Culture, Carmen Heredia, officials and diplomats attended the inauguration of the mural.

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