[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
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.
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.