Thursday, September 29

Ana Bejerano, the soloist of Mocedades, dies at age 60 after a serious digestive system problem



The soloist of the group Mocedades Ana Bejerano has passed away this Sunday at the age of 60 years at the Urdúliz Hospital (Vizcaya), after failing to overcome a serious digestive system problem for which she was admitted on Saturday, December 11.

As reported by the singer’s environment in a statement, she died at 7:00 a.m. and the funeral It is scheduled for Monday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Church of Santa Ana, in his hometown of Las Arenas de Getxo.

Mocedades loses a “key figure” in its half century of history. Ana Bejerano joined as a soloist in 1984, when she was just 24 years old, in replacement of the «legendary» Amaya Uranga, after she announced her voluntary retirement in October 1983.

“Ana’s voice ensured our continuity after Amaya’s departure, it was essential for Mocedades,” recalled its leader Javier Garay, the last of the so-called ‘historical six’ in the formation.

Garay praised that “Ana Bejerano has been one of the most elegant Basque voices since the 80s” and highlighted her “versatility and good taste”. «I could sing with a jazz big band as well as with an acoustic guitar alone. His soprano tessitura voice spanned many registers“, it is finished.

Since Bejerano joined the group, he recorded three albums during his first stage: ‘Colores’ (1986), with the singer Donovan; ‘We will survive’ (1987) and ‘Intimately’ (1992).

In 1993 he left to undertake other projects and, among them, he founded the ‘Txarango’ quintet together with two ‘historic’ from Mocedades, Roberto Uranga and José Ipiña.

Later, in 2018, he rejoined the musical group at the request of Javier Garay. In 2021 they resumed their ’50th Anniversary Tour’ and premiered their new song ‘Que no se acabe el mundo’ at the Nuevo Teatro Alcalá in Madrid during a tribute concert, accompanied by the singers Tamara, Lucrecia, Diana Navarro and Sole Giménez.

During the following months Mocedades and Ana Bejerano have lived a “second youth”, in which they have sold out almost all the towns in Riojafórum de Logroño, Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions of Mérida, Gran Teatro de Cáceres, La Pérgola Auditorium in Manzanares, the Bimilenaria Cultural festivals in Calahorra and TerraCeo in Vigo, as well as La Vilavella and Vila-real in Castellón.

What’s more, On October 29, they received the 2021 Radio Special Prize to a whole trajectory at the Fibes Auditorium in Seville, where they sang ‘Eres tú’ and ‘Que no se acabe el mundo’, the last songs of Ana Bejerano on stage.

Its manager José Antonio Alonso, from Talisman Management, has anticipated that “the first Mocedades concert in 2022 will be a tribute to Ana Bejerano”, while acknowledging that the group “will take time to recover” from the loss of its soloist.

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