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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.

Ali Farka Toure Dies


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Legendary African musician Ali Farka Toure has died following a long illness. He was 66. Toure, who last month (FEB06) won his second Grammy Award for Best Traditional World Music Album alongside TOUMANI DIABATE for IN THE HEART OF THE MOON, passed away in Mali capital Bamako. He will be buried in his hometown of Niafunke tomorrow (08MAR06). Radio stations in Bamako have been playing Toure's music non-stop in tribute to the late musician. Toure, who was born in Timbuktu in 1939, once served as mayor of Bamako. He first won a Grammy for his 1994 album with American guitarist Ry Cooder, TALKING TIMBUKTU.

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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 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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Cooder: 'It's Expensive Being A Star'


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Blues legend Ry Cooder is still struggling to make money from music, despite having been a celebrated singer/songwriter since the 1960s.

The PARADISE AND LUNCH star confesses he has honed his skill for spending money over the years, but still hasn't succeeded in making as much as he'd like to.

He says, "I keep thinking, if you can break even, you're doing all right.

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Friends Gather To Pay Tribute To Zevon


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Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and The Pixies are among the acts paying tribute to late rocker Warren Zevon on a new album.

Zevon's longtime producer JORGE CALDERONE will mastermind the project and record a version of KEEP ME IN YOUR HEART, which he co-wrote with his pal for the rocker's final album THE WIND.

Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Steve Earle, Billy Bob Thornton and Don Henley have also recorded versions of Zevon classics for the album, which will be released this autumn (04).

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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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Buena Vista Star Dies


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BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB star Ruben Gonzalez has died at the age of 84.

The Cuban pianist died in Havana yesterday (08DEC03), according to the CUBAN MUSIC INSTITUTE.

Ry Cooder, the filmmaker who shot Gonzalez to international fame with the award-winning documentary, heralded him as "the greatest piano soloist I have ever heard".

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Hendrix Named Best Guitarist


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Rock legend Jimi Hendrix has been named the greatest guitarist in rock history in a list compiled by ROLLING STONE magazine.

The PURPLE HAZE star, who died in September 1970 aged 27, beat out competition from DUANE ALLMAN of The Allman Brothers Band to the top spot.

WHO rocker PETE TOWNSHEND - who came 50th himself - says Hendrix "made the electric guitar beautiful", while Rolling Stone hailed Allman's ability to transform "the poetry of jamming".

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