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David Bowie was a British rock musician and composer, who also worked as an actor, record producer, arranger and graphic designer. Photo: Getty Images.
David Bowie was a British rock musician and composer, who also worked as an actor, record producer, arranger and graphic designer. Photo: Getty Images.

Latino Fans Remember David Bowie

On the fourth anniversary of his death, David Bowie remains completely alive through messages of love and recognition from thousands of supporters.

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Jan. 8 would have been the 74th birthday of David Robert Jones, the English artist who shocked the music world with his chameleon-like character, David Bowie. He was an androgynous star who illuminated genres such as glam, kraft and art-rock.

In two days, it will be four years since his death from cancer and this week works is an astral conjunction for his followers, who are also celebrating the birthday of Blackstar, his legendary last album.

Born in South London, his greatness has been undisputed since he reached the top in 1969 with "Space Oddity," thus turning the seventies into a breeding ground for aesthetic and physical experimentation in glam rock with his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust.

From then on, all his acts have been inscribed in music history, from his collaborations with Brian Eno and John Lennon to the Berlin Trilogy.

His influence as a character and revolutionary of the genre has a shadow almost as long as his musical career. It finished with a final masterstroke, reinventing himself one last time posthumously with a last album that is contemporary despite his age, featuring artists like Kendrick Lamar.

At this time of year, his timeless discography becomes a trend on Twitter, full of small tributes to lives marked by his songs or gestures. Among them, are Latin fans who can't help but remember his time on the continent during two of his international tours.

The first was in 1990 on the "Sound and Vision" tour, in which he marveled at Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Seven years later, he would repeat for "Earthling," including stops in Mexico, and would fill stadiums with 40,000 people. His performances at the River Plato with Brian Adams opening for him are legendary.

The memories extend far beyond the messages in media or press.

A group of music producers will also convene for "A Bowie Celebration: Just for one day," in which Mike Garson will collaborate with producer Tony Visconsi for an intense tribute with Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, Ian Astbury, and Joe Elliot.

Bowie still is the epitome of a chameleon even in death. Able to put soundtrack to a trip to the moon, his influence at is beyond music and enters the intellectual sphere. Recently, Uruguayan essayist and writer Ramiro Sanchiz published David Bowie: posthumanismo sónico, in which he intellectually unravels his legacy as a performer in the genre and musical hacker.

Happy anniversary to the eternal king of the goblins.

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