Cuban ‘Sonero’ Ibrahim Ferrer Celebrates his 77th Birthday

[image1_left](Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – Veteran Cuban musician
Ibrahim Ferrer was paid tribute at his home by family, musicians and friends
on his 77th birthday, with a surprise party including a giant cake. Ferrer is
one of the
Vista Social Club
stars who joined together in the 1990´s to revive old
Cuban music glories. He could not pick up his recently won Grammy Award for best
traditional album because the US government refused to issue him a visa to
attend the awards ceremony in Los Angeles on February 8. Cuban authorities
denounced Washington´s boycott, which extended to another six Cuba-based
artists. Guitarist
Manuel Galban, another
Grammy-award winner who was not able to attend, visited Ferrer to wish him a
happy birthday. "Currently Ibrahim Ferrer has a stronger, more tuned voice than
45 years ago
," joked Galbán. "I don’t know what this man has in his throat, he
has a gullet of steel
." Born on February 20, 1927 in San Luis, Santiago de Cuba, Ferrer has toured Spain, Germany, France, the United States and Great Britain.