Tribute

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Today
on NPR, I heard that Ibrahim Ferrer had died on Saturday, August 6th.
If you don’t know who this is, please do
yourself a favor and immediately go to your local, small, music store and buy a
copy of The Buena Vista Social Club. If
you have no other “World Music”, this is the token album to own.

You
see, in 1998 Ry Cooder went to
Cuba in search of lost
musicians. There he found many with
talent. But in my mind, Ferrer was the syrupy
yet soulful sound that held the collaboration together.

His voice on “Dos Gardenias Para Ti” always
makes me feel nostalgic for a past I don’t think is even of this life. It is simply beautiful.
  

Ibrahim
Ferrer was a singer in the bolero style. This high tenor method basically died with the advent of silk shirted,
mass produced bands of the late fifties and early sixties. When Cooder stumbled upon him, he was truly
the last singer of this style. His pure
and reaching sound will be missed by many. I am proud to count myself among them.

Eventid_414infotypeid_0paragraphid_0s_ibFROM NPR:

Morning
Edition
,
August 8, 2005 · The lead singer of
the music group the Buena Vista Social Club, Ibrahim Ferrer, has died at 78. He
didn’t become a star until a 1997 film based on the Cuban group’s work drew
international acclaim. He won two Grammys after he turned 70.

 

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2 thoughts on “Tribute

  1. If you can find the movie to rent it will be one of the most enjoyable things you can do. Ry Cooder had the good sense to just sit in the background with the band and let the musicians go where they wanted to go. I loved your line about yearning for a past that is not of this world. This is one of our most treasured CDs. All of the musicians were accomplished before Castro came to power, so most were really old when the movie and album were made. In the movie Ibrahim Ferrer’s joy of living just shone. Right now I can hear ‘Dos Gardenias para Ti’ and there are tears in my eyes.

  2. Awww. That is very touching.

    I, too loved the movie.

    Interestingly enough, I originally bought the CD one year when I was visiting you guys. There was a listening station at the end of one isle at that little music store in Gaffney. After listening for a bit, I snatched it right up.

    It wan’t until later in the year that I began to hear rumors of a movie.

    This album is in my player about 80% of the time when I’m home and usually in the background at any gathering that we host.

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Ibrahim_austin_01

Today
on NPR, I heard that Ibrahim Ferrer had died on Saturday, August 6th.
If you don’t know who this is, please do
yourself a favor and immediately go to your local, small, music store and buy a
copy of The Buena Vista Social Club. If
you have no other “World Music”, this is the token album to own.

You
see, in 1998 Ry Cooder went to
Cuba in search of lost
musicians. There he found many with
talent. But in my mind, Ferrer was the syrupy
yet soulful sound that held the collaboration together.

His voice on “Dos Gardenias Para Ti” always
makes me feel nostalgic for a past I don’t think is even of this life. It is simply beautiful.
  

Ibrahim
Ferrer was a singer in the bolero style. This high tenor method basically died with the advent of silk shirted,
mass produced bands of the late fifties and early sixties. When Cooder stumbled upon him, he was truly
the last singer of this style. His pure
and reaching sound will be missed by many. I am proud to count myself among them.

Eventid_414infotypeid_0paragraphid_0s_ibFROM NPR:

Morning
Edition
,
August 8, 2005 · The lead singer of
the music group the Buena Vista Social Club, Ibrahim Ferrer, has died at 78. He
didn’t become a star until a 1997 film based on the Cuban group’s work drew
international acclaim. He won two Grammys after he turned 70.

 

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