Mexican singer-songwriter Sergio Esquivel died suddenly this Saturday at the age of 74 in Yucatán, a state in the southeast of the country, after a musical career of more than half a century that included songs for interpreters such as José José and Cristian Castro.
His death constitutes a blow to the Mexican musical world, and specifically to that of Yucatan, after the death on December 28 of his countryman, Armando Manzanero, who like him, was born in the southern municipality of Ticul.
The death of Sergio Iván Esquivel Cortés, born on December 8, 1946, was communicated, without specifying the causes, by his relatives, in his official account on social networks.
The composer and singer, whose songs were performed by the most famous Spanish-speaking voices, including Manzanero himself, the Cuban Celia Cruz, the Argentine Libertad Lamarque, the Brazilian Antonio Marcos, and Mexicans like Lupita D’Alessio, among others, he also sang his own compositions.
Among those songs are “A guy like me” and “How happy Maria is,” which, played by the Yucatecan, Imelda Miller, won first place in the then outstanding international contest of the Ibero-American Television Organization (OTI) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in 1973.
After starting music studies in Mérida, he moved to Mexico City in the 60s, where he began to stand out for his ingenuity when composing and playing in rock groups, as well as continuing to prepare.
He soon went to the genre of ballads, where he began to alternate with people like José José and to acquire a prominent role, first in Mexico, and then throughout the Spanish-speaking world.
He won multiple awards for composition and performance and was a continuous participant in musical programs, especially in the 70s and 80s, when his slim figure, wide smile and privileged voice they were part of the Mexican and Ibero-American artistic culture of the moment.
In the 1990s, it was general director of a public television in Mérida and began the interesting project called Fifth Generation Composers Workshop, which prepared many of the values of the Yucatecan composition that now continue his legacy and that of Manzanero.
He was, after Manzanero, the greatest exponent of traditional Yucatecan music in genres such as ballad, bolero and trova.
His other creations also include “Nobody leaves at all”, “San Juan de Letrán”, “For her”, “Something big”, “If you are not here”, “Mexico from time to time” and many others that allowed him to transcend.
According to his family, his death was quiet, without pain and while sleeping, accompanied by loved ones.