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Real name: Kokubu Munzón, José María
Nicknames: Pepe, El Ponja Malevo
(8 July 1954 - )
Place of birth:
Buenos Aires Argentina
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Carlos López Buchardo
epe Kokubu is a dentist and tango singer, being the alter his real vocation. Maestro
told him in a writing about his admiration for his talent and for his faithfulness to danceable tango.
He studied piano at the
Carlos López Buchardo
National Conservatory of Music and later with Anita Gelber. He also attended some classes with the latter’s son, Bruno, and his alumnus Marcela Roggeri. Later devoted to singing, he was trained by Magdalena León, Susana Naidich, Horacio Amauri and Tatiana Zlatar. He learned Musical Shape with Manuel Juárez and Charlotte Stuijt and Tango Styles with
and Rodolfo Dinzel. He attended the course of Senior Diploma of Tango in the Fundación Konex, Buenos Aires.
He was singer and producer of the meetings at the Comité Mixto Empresario Argentino Japonés (Chamber of Argentine-Japanese Entrepreneurs), presided by Mitsubishi Corporation. He was also producer of the South American tour of the delegation of the Federation of Economic Organizations of Japan (KEIDANREN), headed by Toshiba Corporation and is co-founder of the Tango School of the Club Europeo.
He appeared at different venues like Taconeando-La vereda de Beba, El Viejo Almacén, the Café Tortoni, the Bar Sur, the Casa de
, the Feria del Libro, the Festival de La Falda, the Pablo Picasso and Pablo Casals rooms of the La Plaza theatrical building complex, the central hall of the Teatro Municipal General San Martín, the Auditorio Pro Música, the central venue of the Sociedad Rural Argentina and the embassies of Canada, Japan and Uruguay.
He was summoned to appear at the homage to
at the White Room of the Government House of the Argentine Republic and, in his career, he shared the stage with great figures like Polaco
, Mónica Cadícamo,
and Nelly Vargas Machuca. He was staff singer of the Chiqué tango orchestra at the balls of the Café Marcone and at the Italia Unita dancehall of Buenos Aires.
Abroad he sang at pubs and nightclubs in London, Paris, Rome, Salzburg, Tokyo. He as well appeared at the Consort Salon of the Keio Plaza Hotel and at the Argentine embassy in Japan. He appeared on radio and TV programs in Argentine, Spain and Japan.
He was summoned to perform before the prince Takamado and the princess Hisako, and thereafter before the princess Hitachi, sister-in-law of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan.
In his appearances he was backed up by Roberto López,
; and by the orchestras fronted by
and Los Solistas de D'Arienzo,
and UB Tango, and Soloists of the Camerata Lysi.
His recordings are:
Con Vuelo y Clase
, accompanied by the Trío Marmo, and
, accompanied by the
’s orchestra. His next CD:
Mozart & Gardel
is about to be released.
Furthermore he is author of the book
Mozart y Gardel
. La música de las palabras” (Buenos Aires 2007, Editorial Dunken) in which he describes the analog role played by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and
in the history of music.
In September 2007 he joined the Academia Nacional del Tango as
Académico de Número
Tango Female singers