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Hector Lavoe's Maracas
Héctor Lavoe's Maracas

Origin

Hector Lavoe

Type

Maracas

Effects

Spontaneous salsa dancing

Downsides

Depression and drug abuse

Activation

Shaking

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Euterpe-583L

Aisle

98403-49289214

Shelf

28483-492829

Date of Collection

June 12, 2012

[Source]


OriginEdit

Hector Lavoe was a Puerto Rican salsa singer who began performing in New York City at age 16. Lavoe joined Willie Colón's band as its vocalist, recording several hit songs including "El Malo" and "Canto a Borinquen". Lavoe moved on to become a soloist and formed his own band performing as lead vocalist. He later suffered depression and sought religious counseling for his drug addiction. He became clean but soon relapsed after the deaths of his father, son and father-in-law. These events, along with being diagnosed with HIV, drove Lavoe to attempt suicide by jumping off a hotel room balcony.[ He survived the attempt and recorded an album before his health began failing. Lavoe died on June 29, 1993, from a complication of AIDS.

EffectsEdit

Shaking the maracas causes nearby people to perform salsa dancing with great grace, even if they are normally unskilled at dancing. The shaker however will come into the grips of depression that only worsens into drug and substance abuse.

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