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Faustino Oramas


With the discharge from the Grammy-winning album Buena Vista Social Club and an acclaimed documentary of the same name, Cuban guajiro composer Faustino Oramas vaulted from obscurity and poverty to international fame within the twilight of his life. Blessed June 4, 1911, in Holguín, Cuba, Oramas still left his dirt-poor family members at age group 15, wandering from city to town being a troubadour. Initially he relied on traditional guaracha ballads, but while portion using the sextet La Tropical he started writing original materials, exhibiting a specific skill for lyrics abundant with dual entendres and intimate innuendo. As Oramas’ popularity grew, so do his notoriety being a womanizer — when he along with a fan were captured under a guayabera tree by her jealous hubby, the singer was presented with the sobriquet “Un Guayabero,” also the name of 1 of his most widely used songs. The vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer do much to help expand popularize Oramas’ music, documenting definitive renditions of music including “Compositor Confundido” and “Mañana Me Voy a Sibanicu.” Oramas was also mostly of the Cuban music artists to reap the benefits of Fidel Castro’s trend, getting encouragement and economic assistance from state organizations. Within the wake from the Cuban Missile Turmoil, with American travelers now forbidden to go to the island, there is little profit music, & most of Oramas’ co-workers and rivals had been forced to get manual labor, if not keep their homeland searching for other possibilities. He nevertheless continued to be devoted to Castro also to Communism’s egalitarian concepts, and in 1986 was also the main topic of a state-funded documentary, En Guayabero, Mamá. So that it was especially ironic that Oramas was carrying out in Spain in 1996 and therefore struggling to participate once the virtuoso American guitarist Ry Cooder journeyed to Havana to record Buena Vista Sociable Club, a cooperation with Cuban boy greats including pianist Rubén González and vocalist Compay Segundo. Ibrahim Ferrer became a member of the project aswell, contributing a efficiency from the Oramas music “Ay, Candela!” in its writer’s lack. The 1997 recording offered over four million copies and produced global superstars of its presented music artists and composers, which same yr filmmaker Wim Wenders adopted Cooder back again to Havana to get a documentary also entitled Buena Vista Sociable Golf club. In 2002, Oramas was also the main topic of a Compact disc retrospective, Un Guayabero, which same year gained Cuba’s National Laughter Prize. He passed away in the home in Holguín on March 26, 2007, following a very long bout with tumor.

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Date Of Birth June 4, 1911
Died March 27, 2007, Holguín, Cuba
Profession Singer, Songwriter
Nationality Cuban
Music Songs Como baila Marieta, El Tumbaito, Los Abuelos Se Rebelan, Como vengo este ano !, Mañana me voy pa Sibanicú, Compositor confundido, Oye el consejo, Mi son retozón, Pagando y pirando, Tengo para todas, Yo toco el son, Tumbaito, Tema En Guayabero-Entrada, Tema En Guayabero-Final, Cuidado Con el Perro, Que Baile Marieta, Siempre en la cola, El Palito De La Alcancia, Las mujeres de Bayamo, Tema en Guayabero, Ya voló, Por culpa de las mujeres, Imprudentes peatones, Ritmo suave, Dale suave, Te botaron, El pisi corre, A Pissi Corre, En Guayabero, Te Votaron, El guayabero
Albums El Guayabero, El Tren de la Vida, Como baila Marieta, El Guayabero - Sones del Humor Popular (Remasterizado)

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1 Popular singer, an original member of the "Buena Vista Social Club".



En Guayabero, mamá... (Me quieren dar) 1986 Documentary short



Buena Vista Social Club 1999 Documentary writer: "Candela"

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