Classic rockero Nito Mestre hits Miami -- and he may stay awhile
What Mestre did 30 years ago was to share songwriting and singing responsibilities with fellow musician Charly Garcia in a Simon & Garfunkel-esque folk-rock duet called Sui Generis. In 1972 the band became the first Argentine act to hit on a grand scale in a country where rock and roll was only six years old. Witty lyrics and catchy tunes defined Sui Generis's style, perfected over four albums that grew immensely popular in the years following the band's last show in 1975. Mestre and Garcia continued as solo artists for the next 25 years, reuniting in 2000 for a tour that included not only Argentina but also Uruguay, Chile, and Peru, three other countries where Sui Generis claimed legendary status.
Today Mestre is forming a band in Miami to record a new album, part of a five-year plan to tour the countries he couldn't reach in the past. "I feel this is a new beginning for me," he says about his upcoming gig on Miami Beach. Although he briefly showed up at the second Argentine Festival at Bayfront Park in 2000, he considers this show his U.S. debut: "I don't care how many people come to see me, even when I know there are many Argentineans living in Miami. To be playing here for me is like starting all over from scratch, and I'm really excited."