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Death Claims Another Buena Vista Social Clubber


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Buena Vista Social Club star FAUSTINO ORAMAS has lost his battle with liver cancer in Cuba. He was 95.
The singer's death was announced on Cuban state radio yesterday (27MAR07).
Oramas, aka El Guayabero, was one of the last remaining members of the group of aged Cuban musicians, dubbed the Buena Vista Social Club.
Guitarist Compay Segundo and pianist Ruben Gonzalez died in 2003, Ibrahim Ferrer passed away in 2005 and singer/composer Pio Leyva lost her life last year (06).
Oramas composed the track CANDELA for the soundtrack to the hit 1997 Buena Vista Social Club documentary.

Buena Vista Singer Leyva Dies


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Pio Leyva, a singer with the Buena Vista Social Club, has died at the age of 88. The Cuban performer suffered a heart attack on Wednesday (22MAR06), his family confirmed. Leyva performed on more than 25 albums and was most famous for his work with late guitarist Compay Segundo, which spanned five decades. He is the fourth member of the Buena Vista Social Club to die in three years, after Segundo and Ruben Gonzalez died in 2003 and Ibrahim Ferrer passed away in 2005. The club found international fame after being promoted by guitarist Ry Cooder and appearing in a film by Wim Wenders film.

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Do you like Cuban music? Maybe you've never tried it, and like your mother said, you won't know until you do. Wim Wenders, best known for making Wings of Desire, takes a video camera and makes a home movie/documentary about octagenarian musicians in Cuba. Too bad there's not more music, 'cause these old folks are dry as dust.

Cuban Star Nicola Dies


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Cuban singing veteran NOEL NICOLA has died of cancer in Havana, Cuba. He was 58.

The much loved pioneer passed away on Sunday (07AUG05) and was buried the next day (08AUG05) - the same day fellow Cuban superstar Ibrahim Ferrer was laid to rest.

Nicola, born and bred in the Cuban capital, was hailed as one of the founders of modern Cuban trovas music, or protest songs, throughout the 1960s and beyond.

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Cuban Singer Ferrer Is Buried


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LATEST: Buena Vista Social Club star Ibrahim Ferrer was buried yesterday (08AUG05) in his native Havana, Cuba.

The 78-year-old Cuban singer died on Saturday (06AUG05) just days after ending a tour in Europe and checking into hospital with gastroenteritis symptoms.

Recordings of Ferrer's hits were played at his funeral at the Colon cemetery, which was attended by more than 200 friends, family, Cuban officials and fellow musicians.

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Cuban Singer Ferrer Dies


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Acclaimed Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer died in a Havana hospital yesterday (06AUG05) after suffering multiple organ failure. He was 78.

Ferrer achieved international fame following the release of the 1997 album Buena Vista Social Club, which he recorded alongside leftfield American musician Ry Cooder and a host of other Cuban musical legends.

The record was such a success, film-maker Wim Wenders directed a 1999 documentary feature of the same name, featuring the various artists at work.

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Beyonce Reigns Supreme At The Grammys


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Beyonce Knowles was crowned queen of the GRAMMYS last night (08FEB04) when she picked up a staggering five gongs at the music world's Oscars.

The singer stole the show with two stunning performances, including an opening extravaganza with PRINCE - and then watched as one by one five of her six nominations for megahit Crazy In Love and number one album DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE claimed prizes.

The DESTINY'S CHILD singer missed out on a clean sweep when British group Coldplay grabbed their sole award of the night in the Record of The Year category for CLOCKS.

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Cuban Stars Denied Visas For Grammys


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A host of Cuban musicians nominated at this year's Grammy Awards have been refused visas to attend the American ceremony this weekend (08FEB04).

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB star Ibrahim Ferrer, percussionist AMADITO VALDES, veteran guitarist MANUEL GALVAN, and singer Barbarito Torres received letters from the US INTERESTS SECTION in Havana, denying their visa requests and citing Section 212f of US Immigration and Naturalization Law.

The clause states that the American president can deny US entry to foreigners when their coming to the country is deemed "detrimental to the interests of the United States".

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Political Squabbles Affect Latin Grammys


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Bad relations between America and Cuba is expected to block a handful of Cuban musicians from attending tonight's (03SEP03) Latin Grammy Awards in Miami, Florida.

Among the stars unlikely to make the event are Latin jazz maestro CHUCHO VALDES and LOS VAN VAN, a group considered the Rolling Stones of salsa after 33 years' performing.

Los Van Van frontman JUAN FORMELL complains, "If Cuban athletes can compete in the United States, why can't we travel to the Grammy ceremony?"

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Mobo Nominees Announced


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The nominees for this year's (03) MUSIC OF BLACK ORIGIN (MOBO) awards have been announced - with R+B superstar Beyonce Knowles, British group Big Brovaz and solo newcomer Terri Walker leading the pack.

All have four nominations each, with Crazy In Love diva Knowles up for best album, best single and best video as well as best R+B act.

Fellow Destiny's Child bandmate Kelly Rowland is also recognised for her efforts - picking up nods for best R+B act as well as best single with Nelly for DILEMMA.

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