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Fernando Villalona: 66 years of life, 50 of career, 80 pounds less and “spiritually prepared”

Fernando Villalona: 66 años de vida, 50 de carrera, 80 libras menos y "espiritualmente preparado"

Fernando Villalona, ​​who has been 80 pounds less in almost a year after having bariatric surgery, is experiencing the most spiritual moment of his life.

For five years now, he confessed, he has been understanding the importance of the word blessings, which people say to him frequently, even without knowing it.

“I don’t want to die, but I have received many blessings and thank God I am prepared, not in everything, but spiritually I am prepared, with the peace of mind that my heart is clean, without any evil and without any envy of anyone “,” El Mayimbe “commented to journalists.

To achieve such fullness of life, 50 years passed from that June 25, 1971 when he participated in the Festival de la Voz, organized by the musician Rafael Solano.

Villalona arrived in the capital, that time, sponsored by Viterbo de la Rosa, who in 1971 was the trustee of Loma de Cabrera and was the one who managed Solano’s request for there to be a representation of that town at the Festival de la Voz.

+ In his memory
“I remember how now my father said yes to the Loma de Cabrera trustee for me to come to participate in the Festival of the Voice, but on one condition that when he finished singing he would come back with me. That was the way they looked for him (his father) to say yes, ”he recalled Tuesday night during a meeting with journalists at the National Theater.

Then he added: “He (his father) was totally sure that this life was not easy, it seems that the few places where he sang on the Northwest Line gave him a glimpse of everything we have been through.”

The last round of the Festival de la Voz was on Sunday, July 18, 1971, but the last round in which Villalona participated was on June 25.

The Palacio de Bellas Artes de Santo Domingo received the participants and from the first rounds Villalona marked the leader. In one of the rounds he sang “Habrá”.

The first day he saw the Fine Arts building, a man who said to him is still in his memory: -Look, that’s where you’re going to sing. “And that looked so imposing,” he exclaims to the press.

+ Diagnosis
With the song “Tears for a memory” he participated his memorable night in the contest, which was broadcast live on television, in which he obtained fifth place, which generated a wave of protests from the public attending Fine Arts, who He understood the boy from Loma de Cabrera deserved first place.

In the end, the top position corresponded to Frank Valdez (now deceased), a native of Higüey, but representing Santo Domingo.

Last Tuesday, “El Mayimbe” recalled that mess that broke out, “It was already organized and planned that I could not win first place because at 17 I was going to have a change, a metamorphosis of my voice and like every young person from 16 to 18 goes through, but I was lucky enough to that Mario and Don Juan Lama gave me a scholarship to study singing with the teacher Ivonne Haza de Bisonó, who gave me the appropriate technique to at least understand something of how to sing ”.

Since that summer of 1971, the history of Dominican popular music inscribed a young man who would be pampered during the following decades until he became a “mayimbe” who overcame the darkest obstacles in life and in the autumn of his musical patriarchy sees the light divine divine.

To celebrate the blessings, Villalona will present the show “50 years of history: a new beginning”, on November 26 and 27 at the Eduardo Brito National Theater, at 8:00 pm.

Produced by René Brea, the artist will take a tour of his successes, going from its beginnings, continuing with Los Hijos del Rey, until reaching the hits of his own orchestra, which have kept him in force for five decades.

A reinforced orchestra, made up of experienced musicians, will accompany Villalona on both nights.

The repertoire of this show will be chosen carefully, since of the 246 songs it has recorded in its history, 196 have been popular.

“I am going to enjoy these fifty years as if it were the first day of the Voice Festival,” said Villalona, ​​66 (he was born on May 7, 1955).

The producer. “This will be a dynamic, avant-garde staging that will not only be a walk through his music, but also a new beginning. Fernando is at an important moment, with a renewed figure and it shows, ”said René Brea.

The producer stressed that when the mayimbistas go to the National Theater they will find a show with a lot of vibrancy and energy that will make them jump from their seats and its purpose is to leave in the memory of the fans who saw Fernando, as if he were coming to the music scene for the first time so renewed that it will be".

This is so, because the artist has lost weight and his figure is different and also has more mobility on stage, which can be appreciated in this activity.

“I will always be in favor of our music, our artists and our culture. This is a great opportunity to be able to tell the public, that after 50 years and a great career, this is the best time to have a new beginning ”, highlighted Brea.

+ 80 pounds less

Eee that! It is well known that “El Mayimbe has lowered. They are 80 pounds less since last December 15, 2020 he underwent a bariatric procedure that took a lot of weight off him.

The artist came up to 270 pounds. The singer commented that it has been a process of readjustment for meals and that it has even caused reflux that made him go back to studying singing to adapt his vocal cords.


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