Artist Profiles: Cándido Fabré

Cándido Fabré

Cándido Fabré was born on September 10, 1957 in San Luis, Cuba. He was the songwriter, arranger and main vocalist with Orquesta Original de Manzanillo from 1983 to 1993. In 1993 he formed his new, 15-piece band featuring some of the very best Cuban musicians. The lineup, similar to his previous orchestra, included three violins, keyboards, flutes, tres, piano, congas and other percussion instruments.

Fabré’s songs have been performed in Cuba by Orquesta Aragón, Los Van Van, Manguere, Isaac Delgado, Ritmo Oriental and Los Karachi, and on the international scene by Celia Cruz, Oscar D’León, and Willy Chirino.

The Cándido Fabré Orchestra has toured extensively, visiting Mexico, Colombia, Canada and Venezuela. Following the band’s appearance at the International Caribbean Festival in Cartagena (Colombia), a prominent Cartagena newspaper described him as: “The most versatile Cuban sonero” and described his vocal improvisations as “the greatest since Beny Moré”.


Son De Cuba ‎(Tumi Music, 1996)
Poquito a Poco (Candela, 1998)
La Habana quiere guarachar contigo (Tumi Music, 2000)
Cubano Soy (Tumi Music, 2007)
Carretero (Tumi Music, 2015)

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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