Gabriel Mannelli, bassist of the Argentine rock band Babasonicos, died Jan. 12 of Hodgkin lymphoma in Buenos Aires. He was 37.
He had been fighting the cancer, also known as Hodgkin’s disease, over the past years, forcing him to sit out the group’s concerts since the release of Anoche in 2005.
He performed on all the band’s albums, from Pasto in 1992 to Anoche, as well as its production of the soundtrack for Vera Fogwill and Martin Desalvo’s Guadalajara-laurelled mother-daughter dramedy “Las Mantenidas sin suenos” (Kept and Dreamless).
Mannelli began his career with Los Brujos, a chart-topping rock group of the 1980s-90s that combined 60s beat sounds with hardcore rhythms and performances in which the members dressed as warlocks. He went on to play with Britpop-like band Juana La Loca and hardcore group Los Macarra before forming Babasonicos with Adrian Dargelos, Diego Tunon, Diego Castellano, Mariano Roger and Diego Rodriguez.
Los Brujos and Babasonicos were two of the main bands that made it big as part of a New Argentine Rock movement of the late 1990s, with Babasonicos going to become a mainstream band and picking up Grammy and MTV awards for Latin America.
Mannelli also played on the solo album of Alejandro Alaci, a former vocalist for Los Brujos and now part of the electronic duo Electron, produced the band Coco.