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Extraordinary Life: A Musician And Fixture In Hartford Area's Peruvian Community

Extraordinary Life: A Musician And Fixture In Hartford Area's Peruvian Community

Pedro Espinoza was a musician and a writer, a man who embraced his Peruvian heritage as well as his allegiance to the United States. For his many Peruvian friends, the songs he performed reminded them of the folk music they had left behind. Other people just enjoyed the music.

Pedro Augusto Espinoza died Dec. 18 of cancer. He was 83 and lived in Windsor.

He was born on Oct. 19, 1934, and grew up in Pisco, Peru, a town on the Pacific Ocean, where he was the second oldest of a dozen children. His father, Roberto, owned a bakery in town.

When he was 17, Espinoza went to Lima to study accounting, and played guitar and sang professionally in a trio. He began working for a...

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