Rafael Orozco Maestre

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Rafael Orozco Maestre
Birth name Rafael Orozco Maestre
Born (1954-03-24)March 24, 1954
Origin Becerril, Cesar
Died June 11, 1992(1992-06-11) (aged 38)
Genres Vallenato, Latin
Years active 1976–1992
Labels Codiscos

Rafael Orozco Maestre, (March 24, 1954 in Becerril, Cesar – June 11, 1992 in Barranquilla, Atlántico) was a Colombian singer of vallenato music. He was one of the major representatives of that Colombian popular folk music and lead singer and owner, along fellow accordionist Israel Romero, of the vallenato group Binomio de Oro de América, very popular in Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela. Orozco was assassinated by gunmen in front of his house on his daughter's 15th birthday party. It is believed they were hired by an angry drug lord whose wife was obsessed with Orozco.


From 1977 to 1991 the Binomio de Oro recorded 20 albums not counting special contributions to other artist on different compilations, interrupted with the death of lead singer Rafael Orozco.

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