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Simón Díaz in the 1980s
|Born||August 8, 1928 Venezuela|
|Genres||Venezuelan folk music|
|Occupations||musician, singer, composer|
Díaz has endeavored to recover the folklore and musical traditions of the llanos, the Venezuelan plains. This style of music has since been performed by artists such as Argentina's Mercedes Sosa, Brazil's Caetano Veloso, Spain's Joan Manuel Serrat, Peru's Susana Baca, Puerto Rico's Danny Rivera, and Venezuelans Franco De Vita, Soledad Bravo, Juan Carlos Salazar and José Luis Rodríguez, among others. Many of Diaz's works have been adapted by symphonies and choral ensembles throughout Venezuela, as well as being incorporated into the orchestral and choral arrangements of conductors and composers of academic music.
Artists from various other disciplines have utilized Díaz's work. For example, German choreographer Pina Bausch included some of Díaz’s songs in her work Nur Du. Also, the film director Pedro Almodóvar included Díaz's song "Tonada de Luna Llena" as part of the soundtrack for his film The Flower of My Secret, sung by the Brazilian artist Caetano Veloso.
Díaz has also performed in theater, motion pictures and television. In the 1960s he became a comedian in Venezuela. He had the leading role in three plays, and in films like El Reportero and Isla de sal; has produced and hosted 12 different TV shows, all of them devised to promote Venezuelan music. One of these shows, Contesta por Tío Simón, was devoted to teaching popular culture to children. This children's show was on the air for 10 years, during which time Díaz's viewers began calling him "Uncle Simón". Diaz had a daily radio show for twenty-five years which focused on folklore and Venezuelan music. He has recorded over 70 records and CDs and has made innumerable performances throughout his career.
Díaz is the author of "Caballo Viejo", which was recorded by the Gipsy Kings as the hit song "Bamboléo". His compositions have been performed by artists such as Plácido Domingo, Ray Conniff, Julio Iglesias, Celia Cruz, Rubén Blades, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Gipsy Kings, Ivan Lins, Joyce, Cheo Feliciano, Juan Gabriel, María Dolores Pradera, Martirio, Tania Libertad, Ry Cooder and Devendra Banhart
The Latin American TV channel A&E MUNDO produced a documentary dedicated to Díaz under its “Biography” program that honors Diaz's many contributions to Venezuelan culture, the program began airing in September 2004.
The following is a list of his work.
|LP 6124||Parranda Criolla||Palacio|
|LP 6128||Lila + Hugo + Simón: Música de la Película "Isla de Sal"||Palacio|
|LP 6136||¡Ya Llegó Simón!||Palacio|
|LP 6146||De Parranda con Simón||Palacio|
|LP 6154||Criollo y Sabroso||Palacio|
|LP 6181||Caracha Negro||Palacio|
|LP 6194||Gaitas y Parrandas con Simón||Palacio|
|LP 6221||Simón En Salsa... En Gaita||Palacio|
|LP 6253||Gaita 69||Palacio|
|LP 6273||Artistas Venezolanos Solamente||Palacio|
|LP 6275||Gaita 70||Palacio|
|LP 6297||Gaita 71||Palacio|
|L.P.S. 109||Navidad Criolla con el Quinto Criollo||Palacio/Guarura|
|LPS 66333||La Gaita de las Cuñas: El Candidato Chévere ¡Vota por Él!||Palacio/H.B|
|LPS 66345||Las Gaitas de Simón: Enemigo Público N°1||Palacio/H.B|
|LPS 66363||Las Gaitas de Simón: Culpable?||Palacio/H.B|
|LPS 66384||Tonadas Vol.2||Palacio|
|LPS 66383||Las Gaitas de Simón: Cuñas, Locas, Borrachitos||Palacio/H.B|
|LPS 66406||Las Gaitas de Simón||Palacio/H.B|
|LPS 66407||Canciones Criollas Vol.3||Palacio|
|LPS 66430||Canciones y Tonadas Vol.4||Palacio|
|LPS 66479||Golpe y Pasaje: Caballo Viejo||Palacio|
|LPS 66483||Música Folklórica y Popular de Venezuela en Contrapunto||Palacio|
|LPS 66508||Tonadas Favoritas||Palacio|
|LPS 66591||Sus Grandes Éxitos||Palacio|
|LPS 2058||Amor Enguayabao||Palacio/Rodven|
|LPS 2067||Cuenta y Canta Vol.1||Palacio|
|LPS 2068||Cuenta y Canta Vol.2||Palacio|
Simón Díaz was awarded the highest recognition conferred by the Venezuelan state, "The Great Ribbon of the Liberator's Order". He was given honorary doctorate degrees by two major Venezuelan universities, Simón Rodríguez University and Zulia’s Universidad Católica Cecilio Acosta.
On September 30, 2008, the Latin Grammy Awards announced that it would honor Díaz with a Lifetime Achievement Award, (El Premio del Consejo Directivo). Diaz was awarded the 2008 Latin Recording Academy Trustees Award, presented by Venezuelan salsa singer Oscar D'León.