Jorge Oñate, one of the most emblematic interpreters of vallenato folklore, passed away on February 28, after suffering serious health complications after becoming infected and overcoming covid-19. This was confirmed by relatives of the artist to EL TIEMPO.

The death of the Vallenato singer Jorge Oñate mourns the Colombian musical world.

‘El Jilguero de América’ died at dawn this Sunday in Medellín after suffering complications related to covid-19, which he had already overcome.

Since this very morning, some personalities have lamented the death of the artist, author of songs such as ‘Woman withered’, ‘Nest of love’ and ‘Landscape of the sun’.

One of the first to react was former president Álvaro Uribe Vélez, who, through his Twitter account, said that “the pains of the soul are added with the death of the noble friend Maestro Jorge Oñate.”

The Vallenato singer Peter Manjarrés also shared an emotional photograph on his Instagram account with Oñate and expressed his sadness for the departure of a man whom he considered a teacher.

“What a sadness the teacher left us, the strongest, the invincible, the friend, it is not easy to assimilate the loss of a colleague, of such a special person, always with the heart of a friend. Always in my mind, Master of Heart. Starting today in my daily prayers to one more angel in heaven, “said Manjarrés.

Another of the artists who reacted after Oñate’s death was Hebert Vargas, who assured that ‘El Jilguero de América’ “leaves an immense void and mourns our vallenato. Your legacy will remain forever. Rest in peace.”

In turn, the vallenato singer Iván Villazón, spoke through his Instagram account in front of what happened: “His departure hurts our soul, thank you for enhancing our vallenato folklore, his legacy will live forever in all our hearts “wrote the artist accompanied by a photo of him with Oñate.

The singer Jorge Celedón, for his part, nostalgically recalled his last meeting with Oñate and published on his Instagram account: “I am overwhelmed by a very great sadness, it is an irreparable loss for our vallenato folklore, maestro # JorgeOñate his song will continue to be immortal “.

Also, the renowned singer Alfredo Gutiérrez joined the demonstrations of affection towards Oñate. On his Instagram account, he posted a video of the last time they were together on stage, when they performed a symphonic concert in March 2020 at the Movistar Arena stadium. “The memory of a feeling can last a life and I am not going to forget you,” he wrote to his friend Jorge Oñate.

The singer Poncho Suleta, who was active in networks requesting blood donors to help Jorge Oñate during his last days, posted on Instagram a fraternal hug with the ‘El Jilguero de América’.

To the list of politicians who have demonstrated about the singer’s departure, the senator of the Democratic Center Carlos Felipe Mejía joins, who on his Twitter account wrote: “Rest in peace, teacher Jorge Oñate. Thank you for your extraordinary music that made you so happy to this country. ” Also, Senator María Fernanda Cabal joined the condolences.

On his part, the Colombian singer-songwriter Chabuco, gave a message of condolences to Oñate’s family through a photo of his father with the artist Vallenato on his Twitter account. “I only have good memories of my childhood, his music and his voice sounded in all corners of my town,” were the words of the interpreter.


Amelia Warner– After graduating from NYU with a master's degree in history, She was also a columnist for many local newspapers. Amelia Warner mostly covers Entertainment topics, but at times loves to write about movie reviews as well.

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