Cuban Singer Reinaldo Creagh Dies at 96

Reinaldo Creagh
Reinaldo Creagh
Reinaldo Creagh, one of the great Cuban vocalists from Santiago de Cuba, passed away today, Sunday, November 16th in Santiago de Cuba. The former vocalist for the celebrated La Vieja Trova Santiaguera was still active, performing internationally.

Creagh started his music career in 1938, when he formed conjunto La Sonora in 1938. He later joined la Orquesta Cristal from Guantánamo, la Estudiantina de los Hermanos Puente and la Estudiantina Invasora, where he performed until he retired in his 60s.

In 1994 Reinaldo Creagh was asked to join La Vieja Trova Santiaguera, along with Reinaldo Hierrezuelo, Pancho Cobas, Aristóteles Limonta and Amado Machado. In 1998 he recorded Boleros de toda una vida, a popular solo album that sold very well.

With La Vieja Trova Santiaguera , Creagh recorded several albums in Cuba and Spain: Vieja Trova Santiaguera (1994), Gusto y Sabor (1995), Hotel Asturias (1996), La Manigua (1998), Dominó (2000) and El Balcón del Adiós (2002).

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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