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Yordano on doctorate: “An honor to receive this recognition”

The Venezuelan singer-songwriter Yordano was awarded yesterday (Saturday, June 22) with the Honoris Causa Doctorate in Art from the University of Los Andes (ULA), a recognition for which he expressed feeling “in gratitude.”

“It is an honor to receive this recognition and I thank everyone for joining me on this special day,” the artist expressed on his Instagram account. In that profile he shared several videos and photos of the solemn event, which was held in the Aula Magna of the Merida study house.

The author of hits like 'Manantial de corazón' or 'Por these streets' was highlighted for the quality of his work as a singer and composer. Likewise, his career of more than five decades was highlighted.

Among the most influential

“Yordano Di Marzo is one of the most influential singer-songwriters of his generation, standing out for his social sensitivity, for the literary quality of his songs and for the high level developed in each of his albums,” said the University Council of the Faculty of ULA art. The statement published on their social networks a few days ago.

It should be noted that the artist's degree was unanimously approved by the governing body in an ordinary meeting in May 2024. The application was signed by Professor Mario Bonucci Rossini, rector of the ULA.

“My passion was always singing and writing songs. I don't even consider myself much, but someone who writes songs and sings them. Being a singer-songwriter is not recognized by the Academy, but now it is,” Yordano commented to applause and laughter after receiving the honorary degree from him.

Musical welcome

Prior to the event, a musical group of students from the ULA Faculty of Art performed one of their hits. 'A Flor de Piel', originally recorded by the Venezuelan Luz Marina, marked the artist's arrival to the rectorate of the house of studies.

Already in the main classroom, a university choral group performed the songs 'Locos de amor' and 'Madera fina', two of the most successful of the 72-year-old artist.

Likewise, during the event, with free admission, Yordano also took his guitar to sing some of the songs that have established him as one of the most important figures in Venezuelan music.

To the 11 years

It should be noted that the singer-songwriter, born in Rome, Italy (October 27, 1957), emigrated with his parents to Venezuela at the age of 11. He is the brother of the late singer-songwriter Evio Di Marzo.

He began his artistic career in the 70s with the group Ford Rojo 1954, and was also the vocalist of the group Sietecuero, also made up of Evio Di Marzo and Alberto Slezynger, who would later create the group Daiquirí.

Yodano rose to fame in the 80s with his second album. Simply titled 'Yordano', the album achieved commercial success never before seen in the country. 'Manantial de corazón', Dancing so close', 'Another pretty face', 'I'm not going to move a finger' (originally recorded by Guillermo Dávila) and 'Aquel lugar secreto' are some of the compositions that make up that album.

'Black pearl' and consecration

His international recognition came in 1986 with the song 'Perla negra', which was part of his third full-length album, titled 'Playing with me'. 'Luxury Doll', 'There's No Easy Way Out With Her' and 'Days of June' are other songs from that production.

The Latin Grammy for Musical Excellence (2022) and the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic are some of the important recognitions that Yordano has also received for his contribution to music and culture.

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