As many celebrate Easter, Puerto Rico continues to mourn the loss of one of its greatest salsa music legends, Cheo Feliciano, with a continued farewell today. The second day farewell is expected to draw hundreds of fans, celebrities and singers at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan.
The public farewell viewing will be from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Per the deceased family's request; select artists will be honor guards as of 3 p.m. - El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, the Salsa Giants, Víctor Manuelle, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Luis Enrique and members of the Fania All Stars. Later in the day, Danny Rivera, José Nogueras, Los Hispanos, the Fania All Stars and Salsa Giants will share their talent in the biggest tropical star get together concert which can be seen on elnuevodia.com website and on Telemundo Puerto Rico.
Yesterday Raphy Leavitt, Sammy Marrero, Maelo Ruiz, Jackeline Capo, Cucco Peña and Alex D' Castro, among others were honor guards. Music was not absent as it was played throughout the viewing with performances by the Cepeda Family, one of Cheo’s granddaughters, and Jose Nogueras sang his composition "Amada Mia" - a symbolic song in Cheo Feliciano's career.
Gilberto Santa Rosa, el caballero de la Salsa, stated Cheo was his inspiration and everyone wanted to be Cheo Feliciano. Cheo went from being his idol to his brother. And Cheo's emptiness was felt at the Salsa Giants practice and performance in Mexico where he was an integral part of Salsa Giants. Ismael Miranda, Oscar D’León, India, Charlie Zaa, Tito Nieves, José Alberto “El Canario”, Eddie Santiago, Willy Chirino, Javier Vásquez and Aymee Nuviola, directed by Sergio George paid tribute during the Salsa Giant concert.
Cheo born in Ponce, Puerto Rico led a successful music career as composer, singer and musician since 1952. He was currently on tour with Salsa Giants where they performed at the 2013 Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas and this past February at Premios Lo Nuestro. He was a member of the Fania All Stars and received the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
The remains of Cheo Feliciano will be at Ponce Convention Center on Monday, April 21 with viewing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.