The Dominicans of Upper Manhattan paid tribute to Johnny Ventura, one of the greatest exponents of merengue, who died at the age of 81 after a long artistic career.
José Alberto ‘El Canario’ shared the stage several times with the ‘Caballo mayor’: “Everyone is mourning the loss of our horse Johnny Ventura. I know that God has a better place for him, because he was a great man, a a great father, a great friend, an example and one of my mentors. ”
While Roberto Gerónimo. producer and television host, referred to the unexpected outcome: “Because if it had been that he was there, he would have been in the hospital for a few days, people were preparing. Well, but this blow was very big.”
The vigil, which was more like a party, was held in the Plaza de las Américas, next to the famous United Palace theater. One after another, the attendees danced to their best-known musical performances. Johnny produced 106 record productions.
“You have to celebrate it by dancing because Johnny Ventura was always happy, you never saw Johnny Ventura sad,” said one of the attendees. While someone else expressed: “It is a very big thing because in reality Johnny Ventura is an icon of the Dominican merengue”.
This was a celebration of the life of the outstanding merenguero who died on Wednesday of a heart attack.
Elías Corporán, knew Johnny Ventura: “He gave us joy, a good person, he liked to gather friends. He never looked for problems with anyone. We always remember you, Johnny Ventura.” Similarly, Quilvio Fernández recalled the ‘Major Horse’: “Very sorry, very sorry. An irreplaceable being.”
And some lovers of his music promise to always remember him: “It is very sad that he has gone so fast, so unexpected and nothing, to follow his music.”
For his part, Congressman Adriano Espaillat also referred to the death of his famous countryman: “Naturally, I feel sad. But he left us a legacy of joy in music.”
The Dominicans of the island will have the opportunity to say goodbye to their idol Johnny Ventura, who will be veiled at the Palacio de los Deportes stadium in Santo Domingo and then will be buried in the Cristo Redentor cemetery.