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Barbarito Torres


For over three years, Barbarito Torres continues to be among the strongest music artists to arise in the Cuban guajiro custom. Playing the laoud, or Cuban lute, he provides played with a number of ensembles both in Havana as well as the Cuban countryside. Torres’ professional profession were only available in 1970 with Serenata Yumunina, an organization led by Higinio Mullens. In 1973 he got into the armed forces and became a member of the marching music group and military jazz orchestra. In 3 years he was discharged and journeyed with Siembra Cultural, that was afterwards renamed Grupo Yarabi. Ultimately he resolved in Havana and became a long lasting person in Orquesta Cubana de Cuerdas. He also begun to perform session and back-up function and was highlighted with a few of Cuba’s most prominent music artists, including Albita, Sierra Maestra, and Elio Reve. Afterwards he became a member of Celina Gonzalez and her Grupo Campoalegre as their musical movie director; at exactly the same time, he was highlighted with Grupo Manguare, documenting and touring with both groupings. Torres remained with Gonzalez until 1995, however in 1992 he begun to build his very own projects, developing his very own group, Piquete Cubano. Possibly the most significant advancement to his profession, nevertheless, was his contribution to some other two ensembles, the Afro Cuban All Superstars as well as the Buena Vista Public Membership. Their self-titled debut albums received world-wide interest and helped spur a revival in Cuban music. Both ensembles gained several honours, including a Grammy for the Buena Vista Public Club record in 1998. In 2000, Torres released a single record, Havana Caliente, which highlighted many of the players that were highlighted in his prior ensembles, including Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo, and Luis Mirabel.

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Full Name Barbarito Torres
Music Groups Buena Vista Social Club, Afro-Cuban All Stars
Music Songs Chan Chan, El cuarto de Tula, Dos gardenias, El carretero, Buena Vista Social Club: Chan Chan, Candela, De camino a la vereda, Veinte Años, Amor de loca juventud, ¿Y tú qué has hecho?, Como Fue, Bruca Manigua, Orgullecida, Lágrimas Negras, Silencio, Pueblo Nuevo, Tiene Sabor, Corazón de Chivo, Hijo del Siboney, Amor verdadero, La Bayamesa, Mandinga, El Bacanero, Rumbata, Murmullo, Bailando Bonito, El Ruiseñor Del Guateque, Amarrala, Cangrejo No Tiene Na, María Caracoles, Quizás, Quizás, Habana del Este
Albums Lost and Found, Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall, Havana Café, Buena Vista Social Club, A Toda Cuba le Gusta, Barbarito Torres

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