Filiberto - Compay Segundo - Los Compadres
Label: Edenways Records - Ede 2011-2 • Format: CD Album, Compilation • Country: France • Genre: Latin • Style: Bolero, Guaracha
Compay meaning compadre Segundo, so called because he was always second voice in his musical partnerships, was born in SiboneyCuba, and moved to Santiago de Cuba at the age of nine. Inafter a spell in a quintet, he moved to Havana, where he also played the clarinet in the Municipal Band. He also learned to play the guitar and the treswhich became his usual instruments. Los Compadres were one of the most successful Cuban duos of their time.
Greater international fame came later, inwith Hamps Boogie Woogie - Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra - Hamps Boogie Woogie release of the Buena Vista Social Club album, a hugely successful recording which won several Grammy awards. Compay Segundo appeared in the Wim Wenders film of the same title. Segundo's most famous composition is " Chan Chan ", the opening track on the Buena Vista Social Club album, a four-chord son cubano.
These are all sonesand this differentiates him from the more usual trova musicians, with their devotion to the bolero. However, it seems his interests went much further:. At a Filiberto - Compay Segundo - Los Compadres he sang to President Fidel Castrowho took his pulse and joked about his vitality despite his plus years. He predicted that he would live to bebut died of kidney failure in Havana20 years short of his ambition.
Inthe th anniversary of Segundo's birth was celebrated Filiberto - Compay Segundo - Los Compadres a concert of his compositions performed by a symphony orchestra in Havana with some of his musicians and sons.
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