Carlos Tena, legendary TVE presenter and music critic, has died this Friday at the age of 79, the musician and producer Álex de la Nuez has reported through his Twitter account. "My dear Carlos Tena has passed away. I cannot express the pain it entails, nor am I going to elaborate in an obituary. 45 years cannot be summed up in a sentence," De la Nuez tweeted early in the afternoon. He would have turned 80 in November.
Always guided by uncorseted naturalness and a rebellious spirit, Carlos Tena was for decades one of the most popular faces on the small screen thanks to his naturalness, his rebellious attitude and his revolutionary musical programs.
Carlos Tena joined TVE in 1977 as a scriptwriter and presenter of the Popgrama space, where he would remain until 1980. He was always closely linked to the Movida Madrileña, which he promoted on his television shows. He was the creator of the mythical Música maestro, a program for the dissemination of classical music, which was followed by Caja de ritmas, ¿Pop Qué? and Auan ba buluba balam bamboo, all of them on public television.
Music legends such as Mike Oldfield, Queen, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Bob Marley passed through Carlos Tena's television spaces. It was he who hosted Alaska's debut on the small screen.
His transgressive mood led to the definitive cancellation of Caja de Ritmos on April 16, 1983 after the musical number in which the Vulpes group performed Me gusta ser una zorra, a version of I Wanna Be Your Dog by the Stooges.
After several run-ins with the directors of the public entity, Carlos Tena decided to leave RTVE in 1994, when he was signed by the Catalan production company Gestmusic, with whom he worked in entertainment venues such as Lluvia de estrellas (1995-2002) and Menudas estrellas (1996). -2001), or as a member of the debate program Moros y cristianos. Since 2010, he resided in Cuba.
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