(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Pinar del Río, Cuba – Memorias de un Guajiro
(Memories of a Farmer,) a book about the private life of singer-composer Polo
Montáñez is being edited at the Letras Cubanas publishing house. Began with his
consent, the biography includes photos, documents and confessions by the late
artist from Pinar del Rio, while José Nelson Castillo Gonzalez, its author,
stated the book is a result of research began on September 30, 2001, after an
interview with the artist. The third Cuban obtaining a Platinum Album authorized Castillo to start the
project and after his death a year ago, the researcher received the full support
from Polo´s family and Lusafrica Record Company. The book is one of the tributes
to Fernando Borrego Linares – Montanez´s real name- with a story reading like a
legend and a short but intense professional career, with two albums left to
posterity: Guajiro Natural and Guitarra Mia.
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.