Ricardo Chiqui Pereyra

Real name: Pereyra, Ricardo Daniel
Nicknames: Chiqui
(26 June 1954 - )
Place of birth:
General Roca (Río Negro) Argentina
Ricardo García Blaya

e was born in the Patagonian region, in the city of General Roca, in the Alto Valle of the province of Río Negro.

In his beginnings, his baritone range alternated with the bass range notes reaching subtle moods that contributed nuances to the melody of the songs and expressed an original, unmistakable style.

With the passing of time his voice fit another tone color, definitively becoming a bass. One of the few in the genre today or, possibly, the only one.

His pleasantness and his elegance, plus an attractive personality which does not need many words for communication —his witty gesture and his complicit smile—, make this singer the paradigm of the porteño boy. Quite a paradox given his provincial origin!

In 1978, a delegation of the television program Grandes valores del tango headed by its emcee, Silvio Soldán, traveled to Río Negro to look after young people for the traditional talent contest for singers of the program. Because of this Ricardo won a place to go to Buenos Aires. Soon thereafter he appeared on Channel 9 as a contestant on that program.

His debut was on June 14 that year and the first number he sang was “Siga el corso”. The public acclaim was extraordinary so the officials of the TV channel decided to take him out of the contest and hired him. Then his professional career began and a long tenure on Channel 9, nearly fifteen years.

He recorded two numbers with maestro Alfredo De Angelis, “Nubes de humo” and “Los ojazos de mi negra”. The latter in a vocal duo with Gigí De Angelis for the Epic label in 1981.

He made tours throughout the country and abroad, he was awarded the Premio Konex 1995 as Male Tango Singer and appeared at the most important venues of the capital city.

In the movies, he appeared in the motion picture Toto Paniagua (1980), directed by Carlos Orgambide and starring Ricardo Espalter and the other members of that excellent Uruguayan group that were the stars of Telecataplún on television.

He was also member of the cast of the unreleased Buenos Aires Tango (1982), with script by Abel Santa Cruz, along with Tincho Zabala, Silvio Soldán, Beba Bidart and Juan Carlos Thorry, among others.

From 1996 to 1999, he appeared at the program La noche con amigos on ATC, the state channel, emceed by Lionel Godoy.

Up to that time he had recorded nine long-playing records backed by important bandleaders: Armando Portier, Eduardo Cortti and Pascual Cholo Mamone.

In 1996, the important record producer and musical director, Bebu Silvetti invited him to cut a record for the Forever Music label with the orchestra led by Omar Valente.

In 1998, Sony Music released another compact disc entitled: Ricardo Chiqui Pereyra, 20 grandes éxitos.

In 2003, his following disc was published: Viento que vino del sur, featuring special guest artists like Mercedes Sosa on “Pedacito de cielo” and Lito Vitale on “Flor de lino”.

From his songbook I’d like to highlight his renditions of the tangos “Dame tiempo”, “Y no le erré”, “Fangal” and of the milonga “Cobrate y dame el vuelto”.

He went on making tours of Spain, the United States and, mainly, Chile. He also appeared in the interior of Argentina and keeps on singing.

This figure of the interior of the country who conquered the hearts of the people of Buenos Aires, today is present in the Buenos Aires billboards and Todo Tango, with this short portrayal, complies with the recognition he deserves.