Nito Mestrewho joined Charly García in the duo Sui Generisone of the most important groups of Argentine rock, which brought them both to fame, turns 70 today Wednesdayin times that find it “current, very happy and resuming full activities”.
the musician is preparing a special concert to celebrate its 50 years of experience on November 19 at the Ópera theater in Buenos Aires and at the same time recording the songs that will be part of a new CDwhile rounding off a project in Chile.
Carlos Alberto Mestre -his real name-, was also part of PorSuiGieco and later began a career first at the head of the group Nito Mestre and The Forever Strangers and then alone.
The vocalist and author said that after presenting his show “My life in songs” in Neuquén, Santiago del Estero and Tucumán, he is putting together the show that he will give in the theater located on Corrientes Avenue. “Will be symphonic plus a tour of my entire career, it will be very good,” he announced,
Asked about how he lives birthdays, the flutist and guitarist said: “I don’t really give a lot of money to birthdays, most of the time I escape from Buenos Aires and Argentina when I’m going to have a birthday. There were few times that I spent it in the country, I usually spend it outside or traveling, which is how I like it the most.
About this present, Mestre expressed: “I am in force this year, traveling post-pandemic, very happy, resuming my activities, recording the songs for a future new album that will come out little by little, with Marcelo Predacino, guitarist and producer of Abel Pintos, and with Sebastián Schon, partner of Cachorro López”.
Nito met Charly García in high school and from there Sui Generis was born, the duo that took them both to stardom. Nito began as a vocalist and flutist, and in 1975 he encouraged himself in the composition of some songs. In that decade, the duo published three founding albums for the new scene and later decisive in Argentine popular culture: Life (1972), winter confessions (1973) and Little anecdotes about institutions (1974).
Before the separation of the group, Sui Generis got together with León Gieco, Raúl Porchetto and María Rosa Yorio (then Charly’s partner) to form a supergroup called PorSuiGieco, an informal project with which they released a single album, and which included the first Mestre’s theme: “Fusia”
After the dissolution of Sui Generis, with a tremendous farewell at the Luna Park stadium that reached the cinema thanks to Bebe Kamin’s documentary, Mestre put together the folk band Los Desconocidos de Siempre along with María Rosa Yorio on vocals, Rodolfo Gorosito on guitar, Alfredo Toth on bass, Ciro Fogliatta on keyboards and Juan Carlos “Mono” Fontana on drums.
From 1981 with the edition of 10/20 –considered the best of his albums-, Mestre began his solo path. The album, in which Charly García and León Gieco participated, reached gold in a few weeks, as did his next work, Nito Mestre live, recorded at a massive concert in Uruguay. In 1983, she presented the album I hide my eyes from the sunin which Mercedes Sosa collaborated and that around September of that year was presented at the Vélez stadium.
The affective relationship with García was always valid through the years and not even the failed experience of the return of Sui Generis in 2000 (with the edition of Symphony for teenagersa concert at the Bombonera and a truncated tour), that bond diminished.
At the beginning of this last decade, Mestre joined the producer Pamela Gowland to collect videos of artists from all over America performing Sui Generis songs, which he called “América Canta Sui” and which could be seen on YouTube.
The musician, who throughout his life recorded more than 30 albumsis in Chile, where he is filming -along with bassist and composer Ernesto Holman- recordings for the program rock and roadwhich he has been driving for more than two years, and which can be seen on El Garage TV and on YouTube.