Now the Colombian Congress is considering a bill to honor the late singer.
But critics say the hero worship has gone too far. But he had a knack for verse, developed a soaring voice and began singing with local bands.
Over a nearly year recording career, he sold millions of vallenato albums and CDs. Today, his songs blast from bars and dance halls throughout Colombia and are staples at parties and weddings. His hometown has become a mecca for fans who come to see the people and places he sang about.
He was a heavy drinker and cocaine user who sometimes took the stage inebriated or missed gigs altogether. He was also a notorious womanizer, according to relatives, fathering at least 28 children.
Then, his bodyguards dumped her corpse in a cow pasture. When police tried to arrest the singer, the militias drove them away. He then launched a triumphant comeback tour of soccer stadiums. His actions reflect a country and a culture. Diomedes had good points and bad points but he made vallenato music great.
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The Colombian Congress seems to agree. But some say the bill makes no sense given that these same legislators recently passed a law that imposes tougher punishments on those who kill women or girls. Supporters have drummed up all sorts of justifications. at letters time. Get The Brief.
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