Artist Profiles: Rey Caney

Rey Caney

Reinaldo Hierrezuelo La O, better known professionally as Rey Caney, was a Cuban singer, guitarist and tresero. He was born December 30, 1926 in Santiago de Cuba. Rey Caney led the essential Cuarteto Patría for some time.

Rey Caney was one of Cuba’s musical celebrities. Together with his brother Lorenzo he formed the duo named Los Compadres that toured around the world. Caney was also a member of the Sonora Matancera, sharing his voice with Celia Cruz and Celio González. He used to be Beni Moré’s replacement at the “Alibar” Havana cabaret.

Caney performed in the U.S with Arsenio Rodríguez, Machito and Joe Valle.

Rey Caney was a co-founder of La Vieja Trova Santiaguera.

He died on February 23, 2016 in Havana, Cuba


Vieja Trova Santiaguera (NubeNegra, 1994)
Gusto y Sabor (NubeNegra, 1995)
Hotel Asturias (NubeNegra, 1996)
La Manigua (Virgin, 1998)
Boleros de toda una vida (Warner Music Spain, 1999)
Domino (Virgin, 2000)
El Balcón del Adiós (Virgin, 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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