(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – A statue dedicated to Benny Moré will be placed at the “malecón” (seawall) of Manzanillo city, facing the bay he made popular in one of his songs. The monument will be raised in the very spot where Benny last sang in 1962 during the carnival of the city in the province of Granma, a few months before he died in Havana.
The two-meter-high bronze statue will be a tribute to the “Sonero Mayor,” who in the song dedicated to this bay depicted the beauty of its coast.
A self-taught musician, More was a member of important bands such as those led by Miguel Matamoros, Dámaso Pérez Prado and Bebo Valdés, until he created his own, taking him to the top of fame.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.