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Los Reyes de Albuquerque Patriarch Remembered

Genevieve Russell

New Mexico lost one of its musical standard bearers last week.  Roberto Martinez Sr. died Thursday at the age of 83. 

Martinez co-founded the long-running ensemble known as Los Reyes de Albuquerque in 1962, and continued fronting the group until recent years.  He penned many songs, notably many well known corridos that told stories about the land and the history of New Mexico. 

Here's an excerpt from a documentary produced by Paul Ingles and photographer Genevieve Russell on the prolific musical family headed by Roberto Martinez in 2009. 

A rosary for Martinez will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday and funeral Mass at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, both at Our Lady of Assumption church on Lomas Blvd. in Albuquerque.