The Guardian | 8/2/2011 3:00:00 PM
Joe Arroyo obituary
August 2--Colombian star of the 1980s salsa revival
"El Joe", as he became known, was born in the Nariño district of the port of Cartagena, where many descendants of black slaves lived. This was where Joe learned Palenque, the African argot derived from Bantu that became one of the trademarks of his lyrics. He was said to be one of a clan of 39 children, all of them more or less related, and had to earn his keep from a very early age.
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