Adios a un grande, farewell to Facundo Cabral

Facundo Cabral, assassinated in Guatemala City today

A great troubadour, perhaps the last of his kind, was brutally shot and murdered in Guatemala City this morning.

Facundo Cabral, a stellar performer in all of the Americas, but also in Israel and other Middle Eastern countries and in Africa, was declared a world messenger of peace by UNESCO in 1996.

Hit hard by life – he survived terminal cancer, suffered diabetes and was blind, needing a cane for walking, and who lost his wife and baby daughter in a plane crash in 1978 – his graceful attitude to life was one of love;

I love life so much because it cost me so much to enjoy it. From the cradle to the grave is a school, so if what we call problems are lessons, we see life differently.”

His trademark opening to his shows – world wide – would be his philosophical interpretations and variations over the theme lech lecha, or, ‘go for you’, which sent Abraham away from his father’s home to become the founder of three of the worlds greatest religions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, as a prologue to his most beloved song, No Soy de Aqui.

Farewell, beloved friend, now you are an eternal star.