04 December 2015
Argentina has honoured one of its greatest rock musicians with a new commemorative stamp. The $7 stamp features Argentinian musician Gustavo Cerati who died last year.
Cerati, who was born in Buenos Aires in 1959, made his name as a singer, song-writer and composer and was described by the Spanish fanzine Indy Rock as ‘the most influential Rock en Español artist of the American continent, one of the most talented of the Argentinian musical scene’.
The stamp shows Cerati playing guitar during one of his performances with his band Soda Stereo, one of the world’s most successful Latin American rock bands. Cerati was given a guitar at the age of nine and by the time he left university, had formed Soda Stereo with a group of friends. He also enjoyed success as a solo artist, with this first album Bocanada going gold. Cerati died on 4 September 2014 after suffering a stroke four years earlier.
The new stamp is part of the Argentine Post’s ‘popular idols’ series and was issued on 9 October 2015. A spokesperson for the Argentine Post, speaking on the organisation’s Facebook page, said: ‘It is an honour to pay tribute through this stamp to an artist who transcended borders and succeeded, and through his talent and popularity extended the influence of Latin American music. From now on, this postal stamp will become a cultural vehicle that will travel the country and the world.’