Cubadisco 2012 Pays Tribute to Compay Segundo, Ñico Rojas, and Guyún

The International Fair Cubadisco 2012, the island’s most important music event, will pay homage to late Cuban musician and singer Francisco Repilado, better known as Compay Segundo, on the occasion of his 105th birthday. [Also see previous post Cuba: Tributes for Compay Segundo Have Begun and post above, Musicians from 12 Countries to Participate in Cubadisco 2012.] Also dedicated to classical and popular guitar, Cubadisco will also pay tribute to other outstanding composers and guitarist: Ñico Rojas and Vicente González Rubiera (Guyún).

Cuban musician Leo Brouwer, considered among the top best living guitar players in the world, will be the President of Honor of this 16th edition, which will run under the slogan “Cubadisco on the island of one thousand strings” [La isla de las mil cuerdas].

Performers and groups from all over the world will participate in the cultural gathering, scheduled to run from May 19 through 27, 2012. [. . . T]he program includes concerts of string musical instruments used in rock, jazz, and other music forms. An international symposium on guitar, laúd and tres, will run parallel to the event.

Francisco Repilado, better known as Compay Segundo, achieved international fame in 1997 with his participation in the Buena Vista Social Club album, by way of which he won several Grammy awards. His song “Chan Chan” became an anthological piece of Cuban music, and today it’s performed in the farthest corners of the world. [. . .]

Repilado began his musical career while still very young, in the 1930s, a period in which he composed his first pieces and was part of artistic groups in his hometown, eastern Santiago de Cuba city, like the Trovadores Orientales and Hatuey quartets, and he was also lead singer of the Miguel Matamoros Group.  In 1948, he founded, along with Lorenzo Hierrezuelo, the legendary Los Compadres duo, in which Repilado was second voice and adopted the nickname of Compay Segundo that accompanied him until the end of his life.

Los Compadres enjoyed popularity until 1955, when Reinaldo Hierrezuelo, Lorenzo’s brother, replaced Repilado, who in turn created a new group called “Compay Segundo and his boys.”

He achieved international fame with the Buena Vista Social Club. In the last years of his life he performed for millions of people and recorded nine albums. His most important song is undoubtedly Chan Chan, the most popular version of which includes a musical arrangement based on the güiro.

[. . .] CUBADISCO is the most important event of the Cuban music industry. Since its first edition in 1997, it became a space to exhibit the main achievements of Cuban Music, to which other nations and foreign companies have gradually joined.

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