Sunday, 10 July 2011

Buena Vista no más

As news is announced today of the death of the Cuban guitarist Manuel Galban, most famous for his part in the music of the Buena Vista Social Club, what better tribute than to focus on the man and his lovely Latin music - perfect for a Sunday!

He began his career in the early 60s with "Cuba's answer to The Platters" Los Zafiros ("Sapphires"):

But international success had to wait until the 1990s, when Ry Cooder and film-maker Wim Wenders revealed the Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon to the world...

RIP another purveyor of sumptuous music...

Article on the BBC


  1. More sad news but he showed that talent is not defined or restricted by age.

    I am often struck by how an artist can be so much more expressive and find greater depth in their work, when they are for some past their shelf life.


  2. Story of my life, dear! Jx


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