Celso Piña

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Celso Piña
Piña in 2012
Piña in 2012
Background information
Born(1953-04-06)April 6, 1953
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
DiedAugust 21, 2019(2019-08-21) (aged 66)
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • producer
  • Vocals
  • accordion
Years active1980–2019
LabelsLa Tuna

Celso Piña Arvizu (April 6, 1953 – August 21, 2019) was a Mexican singer, composer and accordionist,[1] mainly in the genre of cumbia, being one of the most important musicians in the style of "cumbia rebajada".

Piña was a pioneer in the mixture and fusion of tropical sounds with many of his works having elements of cumbia, regional mexicano, cumbia sonidera, ska, reggae, rap/hip-hop, R&B, etc. Piña is also known as El Rebelde del acordeón or the Cacique de la Campana.

Early life[edit]

Celso Piña Arvizu was born on April 6, 1953, in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico to Tita Arvizu and Isaac Piña.[2] He was the oldest of 9 siblings. The name of Celso was chosen by his grandfather.[3]

Throughout his childhood and teenage years, he worked different jobs like working in a tortilla bakery, painter, helper in mechanic shops, carpet installer, among others. Meanwhile he listened to groups like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and musica norteña like that of Los Alegres de Teran and Antonio Tanguma.[4]


Fusion Festival 2012 Germany.

Piña started playing music in his hometown with his brothers Eduardo, Rubén and Enrique. They formed a band called Celso Piña y su Ronda Bogotá[5] and together they would go to several homes and perform for local citizens, especially teenage girls from their neighborhood.[citation needed]

In 1980, Celso Piña bought his first accordion and was introduced to the world of musica norteña. He spent numerous hours of practice and work in the popular district of La Colonia Independencia, south of Monterrey. Having lived for a majority of his life there, he titled one of his songs Mi colonia Independencia, which is located at the heavily populated area of Cerro de la Campana, near of the downtown in Monterrey.[citation needed]

Piña's group decided to change their musical rhythm to encompass a more tropical style during the mid-1980s after having seen Aníbal Velásquez and Alfredo Gutiérrez in concert at "Baile de las Cintas (reproducción de música mediante cintas)".[citation needed] The group decided to switch into the genre of cumbia, and became what today is Celso Piña y su Ronda Bogotá.[citation needed]

Piña taught himself how to play the accordion with no formal training. As a result, he was able to create the unique sound he is well known for.[citation needed] His most popular songs include, La quebradita de la paz, El tren, Como el viento and La piragua by José Barros. He was featured in the song Sufran con lo que yo gozo along with Mexican singer Gloria Trevi.[citation needed]

Celso had several successful international tours that included countries as Germany, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic, Italy, France, Switzerland, Morocco, Colombia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Argentina, Chile, Canada and the United States.[citation needed] Celso Piña received a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Tropical Album in 2002 for Barrio Bravo.[6]

On August 21, 2019, Piña died from a heart attack in Monterrey, Mexico at the age of 66.[7]


Source: AllMusic.[8]


  1. ^ Hernandez, Deborah Pacini (2009-12-28). Oye como va!: hybridity and identity in Latino popular music. Temple University Press. pp. 135–. ISBN 978-1-4399-0090-1. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  2. ^ Smith, Harrison (August 22, 2019). "Celso Piña, Mexican cumbia artist and 'accordion rebel,' dies at 66". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  3. ^ de 2019, 21 de Agosto. "La vida con el acordeón: Celso Piña y el riesgo que tomó para seguir su sueño en la música". infobae (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2022-12-02.
  4. ^ "Celso Piña: El rebelde del acordeón, el documental de Alfredo Marrón, que ahonda en la vida del músico". SinEmbargo MX (in Spanish). 2019-08-22. Retrieved 2022-12-02.
  5. ^ Contreras, Felix (August 23, 2019). "Accordion Master Celso Piña Dead At 66". NPR. Retrieved 2019-08-24.
  6. ^ "The Full List of Nominations". Los Angeles Times. 25 July 2002. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Celso Piña muere a los 66 años". Milenio. Grupo Milenio. 21 August 2019. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Celso Piña: Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-08-24.