By: Ellen Flores, La Kueva (Ch. 768 online)

Today, marks a full 365 days we lost a musical icon; perhaps the most influential musician in Latin Rock and Latin music the world has ever seen. Poet, innovator, composer and face of a musical revolution, Gustavo Cerati’s musical legacy will forever live on in our hearts, playlists and radios.

Born on August 11, 1959 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cerati was the leading voice in the power trio group Soda Stereo; the band that defined a genre and the lives of an entire continent. Soda Stereo’s unprecedented success catapulted the Latin Rock genre to a global scale and thus, set in motion the “Rock Nacional” movement that has since evolved into what we know today as Latin Rock and Alternative.


Gustavo Cerati was a master wordsmith and virtuoso guitar player. His storytelling abilities captured his audience and set them off in a musical trance that made his live performances the ultimate soul-enriching musical experience a fan could ever have. Songs like De Música Ligera, Juegos de Seducción, En La Ciudad de la Furia, Crimen and Adiós are timeless classics in the truest sense of a classic. Still relevant today — and with an innovative yet tangible narrative — Gustavo Cerati and Soda Stereo marked the lives of generations and continue to impact the lives of music lovers around the world in this present day.


Today, SiriusXM’s La Kueva celebrates the musical legacy this icon has left us with music from Soda Stereo and Gustavo Cerati (solo) every hour, along with testimonials and memories from some of today’s biggest names in Latin Rock and Alternative like: Juanes, Vicentico, Cultura Profética, Los Auténticos Decadentes, No Te Va Gustar and many, many more.


Fellow Argentinian and rock influencer, Fernando Ruiz Diaz from the group Catupecu Machu, kicks off our weekend long celebration by personally presenting his favorite Soda Stereo and Cerati songs as well as performing an acoustic set of some of Catupecu Machu’s greatest songs and a bonus Soda Stereo cover.  A storytelling like no other, Fernando presents each track and also his personal heartwarming memory of his final encounter with Gustavo.  Be part of the celebration on La Kueva with the hashtag #TributoCerati and share your favorite Cerati and Soda Stereo memories and songs on, Instagram @LaKuevaSXM and Twitter @LaKuevaSXM.  As Cerati himself said it best, “¡Gracias, Totales!”

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