The Chamber of Deputies gave a scroll of recognition to the artist Fausto Ramón Sepúlveda (Fausto Rey)for his contributions as a singer, musician and composer in favor of Dominican culture and identity, who during the activity showed joy and gratitude for having been taken into account by the first power of the State.
The recognition is contained in a resolution approved unanimously by the plenary session of deputies, authored by Juan Julio Campos, representative of La Altagracia in the Chamber of Deputies and spokesman for the block of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD).
In the resolution, read by the deputy of La Romana, Eugenio Cedeño, it is highlighted that Fausto Rey, while living in La Romana, formed the rock group “Los Magnéticos” and that his interest in music motivated him to appear on amateur programs , until he was discovered by Johnny Ventura, who immediately incorporated him into the Combo Show.
It is added that in the seventies Fausto Rey was hired by the record label Fania Records, participating with Larry Harlow in the album “La Responsabilidad”, and that, in the year, Fausto Rey, together with the Puerto Rican singer Sophy, held a concert at the Santo Domingo Olympic Stadium, where tens of thousands of his fans gathered.
The resolution also states that Fausto Rey is an artist, singer, composer and musician. Among his songs, the songs “It’s your happy day”, “Yolanda”, “I’m dying to be with you”, “I still believe in love”, among other melodies, have stood out.
In 1984, as a result of the merengue boom, with the support of George Rodríguez, he formed Fausto Rey y Orquesta, also making an impact on this rhythm with songs such as “El pájaro Herido”, “Vamos al bar”, “De qué es que priva María”, “Tu belleza”, “Se va la vida” “Y el otro no va”, let’s provide love and many more, contained in the musical productions “Merengue” and “La Fiera”.
The act of recognition was headed by the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Alfredo Pachecoin the Hugo Tolentino Dipp Room of the legislative body.
The words of welcome were pronounced by the proponent of the resolution, Juan Julio Campo, who recognized the artistic career and life of Fausto Rey.
“It is a great honor for us to recognize a great figure of art, Oh, unhappy America, who only knows about your great living, when they are already your great dead, but today we know him in life as he deserves it,” said Campos evoking the famous phrase of Federico Henríquez y Carvajal in the panegyric to Eugenio María de Hostos.
On his side, Alfredo Pacheco, when assessing the artistic greatness of the honoree, recalled some of the feats of Fausto Rey by filling the Olympic Stadium on more than one occasion, since, according to what he stated at that time, it was a feat to achieve such success in music.
The musical history of the Dominican Republic can never be written without putting the name in a very privileged place, with gold letters with the name of Fausto Reyno and today the Chamber of Deputies gives him that recognition that we want to be the prelude to all Dominicans in their different associations recognize that this man is an icon and a bulwark of our country,” said Pacheco.
Moved, Fausto Rey thanked the deputies for the tribute. “I want to thank God, my parents, who are no longer here, who sacrificed themselves for me, I want to thank the president of the Chamber, Alfredo Pacheco for those heartfelt words and brother Juan Julio Campo for the initiative, Eugenio Cedeño, who worked on the approval of the resolution and to each of you present for being at this very special moment in my life.
During the activity, a documentary was presented that covers the artistic career from its beginnings, its successes, as well as the personal life of Fausto Rey.
Fausto Ramon Sepúlveda (Fausto Rey), was born on December 1, 1951, in the municipality of Higüey, La Altagracia province. He is the son of Cristobalina Sepúlveda and Antolín Soler (biological father with whom he had no contact. After his mother’s second marriage, he was adopted by Secundino D Aza.