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Thousands of people said goodbye to Omar Geles at his wake

The singer Miguel Morales, with whom he founded Los Diablitos, called him the best composer of vallenato

The Colombian composer, singer and accordionist Omar Geles, who died at the age of 57, is honored this Wednesday in the city of Valledupar. Colleagues of Vallenata music, authorities and thousands of followers lamented the departure of the successful singer of “The Paths of Life” during his wake.

The farewell to the artist, who died Tuesday night, takes place in the Rafael Carrillo departmental library. Thousands of people have passed through it today, and at night it will be taken to Plaza Alfonso López for a tribute from his colleagues before the funeral that will take place on Thursday in Valledupar, capital of the department of Cesar.

“It is a very difficult moment,” said singer Miguel Morales, who in 1985 formed the group Los Diablitos with Geles.

Morales considered that, with the death of Geles, Colombia lost “the best composer of vallenato.” He also highlighted his virtue of writing songs for all generations that today remember his successes. Among his most popular songs are: “Late I met him”, “Don't try”, “A blank sheet”, “Dreams of oblivion”, “A blanco y negro” or “Las locas mias”, recorded by different artists. .

“Omar Geles will forever be the greatest composer our Vallenato folklore has ever had,” Morales added about the artist who was Vallenato king in 1989.

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Artists such as Iván Villazón, Ana del Castillo, Rolando Ochoa and Wilfran Castillo came to the library where the wake is held this Wednesday. Some of them could not contain their tears before the coffin, according to EFE. At the site, a life-size wax figure of the singer-songwriter Omar Geles and gigantographs with his face framed the coffin where his lifeless body lay.

The soccer player Radamel Falcao García joined the demonstrations of mourning for the death of Omar Geles. “I remember my father listening to his songs… A legend is leaving but he leaves a great legacy for Colombian folklore. A legacy that will continue to transcend from generation to generation,” said the Rayo Vallecano forward.

The Government of Cesar decreed this Wednesday a day of mourning. Likewise, the Mayor's Office of Valledupar, the world capital of vallenato, ordered that the viewing in burning chamber be in the departmental library. An instrumental version of “The Paths of Life” has been heard there all day.

“It is with great sadness that we receive the news of the departure of the great and beloved Vallenato artist and composer Omar Geles. He leaves an indelible mark and a great legacy for Vallenato folklore and national culture,” said the governor of Boyacá, Carlos Amaya.

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