Remembering Olga Chorens: A Tribute to the Legendary Cuban Singer

2023-09-24 00:03:00
Olga Chorens – My nights without you

The legendary Cuban singer Olga Chorens died on Friday night in Miami (USA) at the age of 99 and due to respiratory failure, her family reported this Saturday.

The popular singer, with a career that spanned eight decades, died at her home in this southern Florida city, surrounded by her loved ones, her family said in a statement.

“Although we are overcome with sadness at having lost such a wonderful being, I will live grateful that God gave me an extraordinary mother. We celebrate that she lived her life to the fullest and we are grateful for having had her for so many years. Rest in peace, Mami,” said Lissette Álvarez, the eldest of her two daughters.

Born in Havana (Cuba) on February 7, 1924, she debuted on the radio at the age of 11 and already in her youth she formed a musical duo with Tony Álvarez, with whom she had an entertainment program on television, recorded albums , toured Latin America and participated in feature films.

Olga and Tony, an iconic artistic duo from Cuba

“Their music is a fundamental part of Cuban culture, and both are considered iconic figures of entertainment on the island,” the note highlights in relation to this artistic and also sentimental couple, since in the long run both married and had two daughters, Lissette and Olga Álvarez.

After the Cuban revolution of 1959 led by Fidel Castro, the couple sent their two daughters to the United States through Operation Pedro Pan, as the exodus of some 14,000 Cuban minors that occurred between 1960 and 1962 under the protection of a federal program is known. of the North American nation.

Olga and Tony, who died in 2001, reunited with their daughters in the United States in 1963 and two years later they successfully resumed their career in Puerto Rico, where they were very popular on local radio and television, and then spent a season in Spain. during the 1980s and finally settling permanently in Miami.

Archive image of an Olga and Tony show in Puerto Rico

“Mommy was not an ambitious person, but she was confident in herself and nothing stopped her. From her I learned that everything is possible. She was a great artist, but being a daughter, sister, wife and mother were her priorities,” her daughter Olga Álvarez said this Saturday.

“Now it’s up to you to fly high to meet your beloved Tony again and sing together again,” declared the Cuban singer-songwriter Willy Chirino, husband of Lissette Álvarez and who described Olga Chorens as “Glory of Cuba.”

Olga Chorens with her daughters Lissette and Olga Álvarez at an event in 2019

The relatives of who was considered the last survivor of the Golden Age of Cuban art announced that the funeral services will be held on the afternoon of September 27 at St Michael’s Church, in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.

With information from EFE

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