Ibrahim Ferrer has passed.
The 78 year old vaulted from relative obscurity - outside of Cuba, at least - to the forefront of the badly and over-generally named "International" or "World Music" scenes when he came out of retirement to perform with a number of past colleagues (including Compay Segundo
and Ruben Gonzales
) as Buena Vista Social Club. A film
, directed by Wim Wenders, and an album made with the help of guitarist Ry Cooder
cemented his position as one of the sweetest voices in Cuba's rich musical history
in the west and elsewhere. He was generally considered one of the greatest masters of the traditional son
posted by luriete
on Aug 7, 2005 -
Manic Street Preachers play Havana tonight
- "It'll be like Wham! in China."
Following in the footsteps of agit-prop songster Billy Joel, the Boys from Blackwood take Sony-branded anti-capitalism to the last place "that really fights against the Americanisation of the world."
posted by ceiriog
on Feb 17, 2001 -