The Cuban actor made a touching statement following the death of Israel López

Por People Staff
Updated Marzo 24, 2008
Cortesía de Andy García

Andy García fondly remembers Israel “Cachao” López, the legendary Cuban artist who passed away Saturday at age 89. In a statement to the press, the Cuban actor talked about the bond he had with the late musician who was a pioneer of Latin music.

“He leaves with us a legacy of extraordinary trendsetting music, and an unequaled example of humanity, that was a gift to all of us, who had the good fortune and honor to experience,” the 51-year old said of the man he considered a father figure. “I had the great privilege of collaborating with Cachao as his producer and band member since 1990. Together we recorded four records. Master Sessions Vol. I and II, which earned Cachao his first GRAMMY, and Cuba Linda which again brought him a GRAMMY. I also directed a documentary on his life entitled Cachao, como su ritmo no hay dos, set around the now legendary concert in 1990, and the film Cachao, ahora si which chronicles his creative process.”

García added: “After a lifetime of listening to Cachao's music and eighteen years of Concerts and records together, I consider our collaboration and friendship one of the most important accomplishments of my life. Cachao is our musical father. He is revered by all who have come in contact with him and his music and is referred to simply as El Maestro!”

As a closing statement, García addressed his mentor with words expressing his admiration and thanks. “Maestro, your music has accompanied me all my life and will continue to do so until we meet again. You have been my teacher, and you took me in like a son. So I will continue to rejoice with your music and carry our traditions wherever I go, in your honor.”