Candido Fabre Y Su Banda
20 September 1957, Cuba. Fabré first came to prominence on the Cuban music scene in 1983 when he became the chief vocalist, arranger and songwriter for Orquesta Original De La Manzanillo, who played son (the pure Cuban form of salsa) with a charanga line-up of three violins and a flute replacing the brass section. The group was a popular live attraction and also recorded four highly successful albums for the local market. In 1993 he left this group to form his own 15-piece band, Candido Fabré Y Su Banda, again featuring the charanga line-up. The group toured throughout Cuba and proved as successful as Orquesta Original De La Manzanillo. In 1996 the group toured Europe to promote Son De Cuba, a passionate and uplifting collection of undiluted Cuban music. They played in Europe again a year later, this time to coincide with the release of Paquito Poco, the follow-up album, on which Fabré experimented with fusions of son and other...