SAN ANTONIO – Famed Colombian singer and accordionist Aniceto Molina died after suffering a pulmonary complication on Monday at a San Antonio hospital, La Prensa reports.
“With tears and heartbroken, I make known to the public, friends and media, my father Aniceto Molina has just died at University Hospital in San Antonio Texas; I thank you for your prayers, prayers and all good wishes they had to my father, ” wrote his son Johnny Molina.
Originally from the town of El Campano, Pueblo Nuevo – Cordoba (Colombia), Aniceto Molina, known by many as “El Rey de la Cumbia,” began his musical career at the tender age of 12, playing the accordion. Molina’s career lasted more than four decades. He was popular among Latin American countries, especially El Salvador.
From 1973-1984 he lived in Mexico City and during this time he recorded albums and toured extensively throughout Mexico and began to tour the United States.
Seeing that his music had wide acceptance in the United States, he decided to move to San Antonio, TX in the summer of 1984. Molina and his group “Los Sabaneros” continued to tour throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America.
Molina was known by many as “El Tigre Sabanero” and as the ambassador of cumbia vallenato.