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Luis Abanto Morales (25 August 1923 – 14 June 2017) was a Peruvian singer and composer.

Luis Abanto Morales
Born (1923-08-25)25 August 1923
Origin Trujillo, Peru
Died 14 June 2017(2017-06-14) (aged 93)
Lima, Peru
Years active 1942 - 2017

Born in Trujillo, Peru, his childhood was spent in Cajabamba where, after his father died, he was cared for by his paternal grandmother. His early studies were at the 113 school. Then, at the age of thirteen he moved to Lima, the city where he currently resides.

When Abanto was 13 years old his mother, doña Rosa, brought him to Lima, and they moved to the Tingüa passage in the District of Lince. From a young age Abanto had to support his family. There he would work at day and study at night. Later he took electricity training in the Salesians Catholic School.

His career began in 1942 when he won the "Districts Song" contest sponsored by Radio Callao. Later, Abanto became a famous singer and composer of traditional Peruvian music. Some of his songs carry a strong message about social conflicts and national identity, and others about love and life. Perhaps his most famous songs are "Cholo soy",[1] "Heaven Serrano", "La Pitita", "Love me", among others. He regularly travels to Brazil, the United States and some European countries, where the Peruvian expatriates keep requesting his presence.

Morales was one of the first converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Peru.[2]


  • Cholo
  • Nunca podrán
  • Payaso
  • Trujillano


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