Saturday, August 28, 2010

Venezuelan legend Nestor Zavarce has died

Venezuelan singer and composer Nestor Zavarce passed away on Friday, 27 August. He was 74. Although he had not performed in public since 1974, his song "Faltan 5 pa’ las 12" has become such a Yuletide classic that no Venezuelan celebrations would be complete without his deep voice and the sound of the bells counting down to the New Year.

Zavarce was born in Jadacaquiva on the Paraguaná Peninsula in Falcón State on 9 April 1936, but before he celebrated his first birthday the family moved to Caracas.

He started his artistic career at the age of 12 when he secured the part of the young boy in the Venezuelan movie "La Balandra Isabel Llego Esta Tarde" in 1949 and went on to appear in more than 20 films and 30 telenovelas.

The song playing on the video is his first major hit, "El Pajaro Chogui", which sold over 1 million copies when it was released in the 1960s.

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