Broadcaster, Musician Ibrahim González Dies

57-year-old was prominent in New York Latin music community

Ibrahim González, a radio personality, musician, photographer, writer and teacher, prominent in the New York City Latin music community, died this morning (June 4) at his home in The Bronx. He was 57. A cause of death was not disclosed, however, his wife, Janet Norquist-González, told the Breaking Bronx website that González had been complaining of chest pains earlier in the evening.


Ibrahim González

The multi-faceted González was the host of two programs on New York’s WBAI radio: Radio Libre! is described on González’s website as a “foray into all things Latino and hemispheric making all of the transatlantic musical and cultural connections. The program seeks to explore the many genres of Latino Music—old and new, traditional and experimental, urban and folkloric.” His other program, In the Moment, is described as a “spontaneous mix of eclectic sounds, interviews and live performances.”

González was also a percussionist, pianist, composer and music producer. He led his own quintet and worked with the Nuyorican Jazz Experience. He was also an accomplished photographer, video producer, artist, cartographer and an instructor who taught piano, composition, the history of Latin Caribbean music and digital audio production. He lectured and gave seminars throughout the United States at colleges and universities.

González also co-founded one of the nation’s first Latino Muslim organizations.


  • Jun 04, 2013 at 09:00PM ANDREW LAMB

    This is such sad news for me! Ibrahim was a dedicated musician and historian with a great passion for music, love, life , the world community, his faith, and last but not least, his family. We performed together in may diverse musical combinations over the years, and it was always a pleasure. He always came to play with passion and sincerity. I hope that his work and legacy will always burn bright and true.

    Peace & Blessings,
    Andrew Lamb a.k.a.The Black Lamb

  • Jun 08, 2013 at 08:36AM Milagros Lopez

    Goodness!!! Never had the pleasure to meet him but saw him throughout the years and looked forward to listening to his gentle/calm voice via the radio and listening to his excellent choice of music for our pleasure. Will be truly missed...sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.
    Please learn from his early departure from life; listen to your body's alerts and follow-up ...don't delay.

  • Aug 03, 2013 at 12:28PM tony112

    Did not know him put his family was my building neighbor and his mome was such a wonderful person. May he rest in peace.

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