said Bay Area Latin musical legend John Santos of his passing:
Guillermo "Negro" Triana was one of history's greatest rumberos - a true treasure trove of songs, traditions and melodies. I met him in 1990 in Havana while he was singing with the Coro Folklórico Nacional. He had a voice like water from an ancient spring that flowed effortlessly from song to song, making melodic and rhythmic improvisation look and sound extremely easy as he played the claves. I had the honor to work with him and the equally great vocalist Lázaro Rizo, and Octavio Rodriguez, on Pancho Quinto's last project, "Rumba Sin Fronteras" which was recorded in Berkeley, CA, and to hire him and Lázaro to sing several pieces (they were truly a dynamic duo) on the CD "La Mar " by John Santos and Omar Sosa in 2001 in San Francisco. I will always be honored by his friendship and fascinated by his voice and his skill as a rumbero mayor. Que en paz descanse."