Abelardo Gutierrez Alanyabetter known in the music world as Tongopassed away on the last Friday, March 10, 2023. Although thousands of Peruvians knew the singer as Tongo or as ‘le Tongué‘ due to his covers in ‘tonglish’, the truth is that little is known about the reason behind why he called himself that. We’ll tell you then.
Tongo singerHe was born in Huancayo on September 24, 1957, but he migrated to Lima at the age of one with his family in search of a better future. It was thus that he grew up in a humble home on Cerro de San Cosme, in The victoryone of the oldest human settlements in Peru and the exact place where the famous artistic name of Abelardo Gutierrez Alanya.
Why is Tongo known by that name in the artistic world?
In an interview with the Latina television channel, Tongo explained that As a child I did not know how to pronounce the word tombolaa term with which certain fairs in Peru are known: “I always said ‘let’s go to the tóngola’ and, since I was small and chubby, they called me ‘Tongolita’, but I didn’t like the diminutive. So, I did everything possible to get them to change sheet metal. Now, when I grew up, I stayed withTongo”.
Tongo and his mother Florencia Alanya Flores. Photo: Instagram @tongogutierrez
What did Tongo die of?
Tongo He died on Friday, March 10, 2023 at the Arzobispo Loayza National Hospital after being hospitalized for months suffering from kidney failure, diabetes and cancer. This was confirmed by his relatives on social networks.
Tongo passed away on March 10, 2023. Photo: Twitter capture
Where will Tongo be held?
The remains of Tongo are veiled by the singer’s family and followers in the main hall of the Ministry of Culture from 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 11, 2023as indicated on social networks.
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