Yesterday afternoon the Governor of Sinaloa Mario Lopez Valdez, Mazatlan Mayor Alejandro Higuera and family of the singer and composer Fernando Valades, gathered in Olas Altas to unveil a statue in honor of one of the most prominent composers of Mazatlan whose fame and prestige were recognized in Mexico, Central and South America.
Fernando Teodoro Valades Lejarza, composer, pianist and Mexican singer, best known as Fernando Valadés, born on April 1, 1920 in the beautiful port of Mazatlan. His career began in the late 50’s reaching its climax in the 60’s, whose success took him across Mexico, Central and South America, Caribbean and United States. Composer of over 200 songs, gold record winner and 13 discs, dies of a heart attack in December of 1979 after a depression.
The event was also attended by Jose Angel Espinoza ‘Ferrusquilla’, Jaime Martuscelli and Jose Angel Pescador Osuna, representatives of the College of Sinaloa and Maria Luisa Miranda, president of ISIC. Also in the iconic Angela Peralta Theater gave up himself an honoring where interpreted songs of his authorship, among the most prominent were were: Peek into my soul, Why I don’t have to cry, Gift from heaven and Forgive me if you can.
This sculpture you can appreciate on Paseo Olas Altas at the height of Sinaloa’s Shield, a work by the sculptor Pedro Jimenez, who is the creator of iconic pieces of the port, as ‘The Venadito’.