Dominican Sandy Carriello died of a heart attack
On the morning of the December 23, the news of the death of the Dominican artist Sandy Carriello, better known for being the other half of the iconic MerenHouse duo Sandy and Papo, was announced. The 48-year-old artist left this world due to a sudden heart attack, as confirmed by close friends of the singer; which was found at his residence in New York City.
Mariano Lantigua, one of those friends, reported that the documentation required to carry out the funeral was already being done. Many Dominican artists have given their words of condolences for this sad loss, which mourns music in the Dominican Republic and the rest of Latin America where Papo, Sandy’s great inseparable friend, has always been fondly remembered.
“I am on a plane and I have just received the sad news that Sandy, from the duo ´Sandy and Papo´ has just died. I’m very sorry, peace to your soul and conformity to the family ”. said the merenguero Jandy Ventura.
While Rufino Santos, a great friend of the family, confirmed the news through his social media: “Rest in peace dear friend Sandy Adalberto Carrillo Rojas (1972-2020) May God welcome you into his holy bosom. Now you can sing along with Papo from heaven.”
Many of these words of condolences have been accompanied by the iconic phrase “Pa que goces con Sandy y Papo” which was the iconic line that characterized the duo throughout their career, along with: now the two will fill heaven with a lot of merengue house.
The duo Sandy and Papo
Sandy was originally a rapper who performed at concerts, clubs, and even television shows alongside a rap and hip-hop group that he formed himself. It was in one of those presentations where he met Luis Deschamps better known as Papo.
It was not until 1989 that hip-hop and rap gained popularity in the Dominican Republic starting a great story, all thanks to Sandy who at that time used the name Sandy MC, along with the other members of the Boogie Down Rap group: Mariano MC, Careta, Mofeta, Chinito and Berman. In 1991 he had the opportunity to move to New York where he reunited with Papo, and they decided to try their luck together.
In 1992 they were discovered by Pavel de Jesús and Porfirio Piña who had called an audition to replace some members of the well-known groups Proyecto Uno and Clan De La Furia. That same year they participated in the remix of the song “La dueña del swing” performed by Los Hermanos Rosario. In 1995 they released their first album under the Pacha Records label and distributed by Antilla Records Distributors. This production brought them international fame, managing to position themselves in the top places on the radio in different countries such as: the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Venezuela, the United States and even Canada, places where they also made different presentations.
This production led them to be the pioneers of urban music in the Dominican Republic and one of the foundations of this current genre. But everything changed in 1999 when Papo passed away due to a car accident in Santo Domingo. In 2000 Sandy released an album dedicated to his friend that became very famous. From then on, Sandy’s career remained solid, reaching several hits and working with many renowned artists who have always respected him. Rest in peace, Sandy!