Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Eusebia Silva de Oliveira, the founder of Rio de Janeiro’s famous Mangueira samba school, died in her sleep on Wednesday, January 22nd. She was 89 years old and better known as Dona Zica. She was the inspiration for some of Cartola’s biggest samba hits.
(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – Cuba’s famous singer and composer Polo Montañez died on Tuesday night of severe cranial traumas caused by a traffic accident on November 20, according to national TV. The health of the renowned artist, who was reported as “seriously ill” by the multidisciplinary team taking care of him at Havana’s Carlos J. Finlay Hospital, had worsened after presenting irreversible multi-organic failures.
Known all over the world as Guajiro Natural, the title of his first CD, Fernando Borrego Linares (Polo) was born 47 years ago in Brujito, on Sierra del Rosario, Pinar del Rio. He was influenced by music since he was a child, a family tradition as he said on many occasions. In 1994, he began playing with his band in Pinar del Rio.
In 2000, he recorded his first CD, “Guajiro Natural“, with Lusafrica Record Company, and was promoted for the first time in Colombia.
He will be internationally known his song “Un montón de estrellas”. He sold 40,000 albums and won a platinum record. Polo Montañez’s songs became popular in several Latin American and European countries.
The popular singer was a member of the Cuban delegation attending Guadalajara’s International Book Fair, in Mexico, which will is dedicated to Cuba this year.