Earlier today, Dominican composer Luis Kalaff died at age 94. Joseíto Mateo, who confirmed the information to Diariolibre.com, recalled his friendship with Kalaff, adding that he was “the most famous composer of Dominican Republic.” Six years ago both composers recorded an album entitled Los dos que quedan [The Two Remaining], referring to the fact that they were the only ones alive in their generation of musicians.
Kalaff was a versatile composer known for a varied repertoire of merengue, bolero, guaracha, salsa, cumbia, and Dominican folkloric music. A song that that gained him worldwide recognition was “Aunque me cueste la vida” [Though it May Cost Me My Life], recorded by Alberto Beltran with Cuba’s famous group Sonora Matancera. More recently, Julio Iglesias recorded Kalaff’s “A la orilla de la empalizá” [At the Edge of the Palisade]. Among his many awards, Kalaff won the prestigious Bobby Capo Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
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Listen to two of Kalaff’s classic merengues, “La mala maña” and “A la orilla de la empalizá” here