Compay Segundo

Genres: Documentaries Jazz Latin World
Descriptive "tags": cuban latin buena vista social club world jazz cuba Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
Links online: BBC Music Wikipedia


Máximo Francisco Repilado Muñoz, 18 November 1907, Siboney, Cuba, d. 13 July 2003, Havana, Cuba. Muñoz moved to Santiago (birthplace of ‘son’, Cuba’s national musical style) at the age of seven, and by 13 he was playing guitar and tres (Cuban variant of the guitar) in the bars of the city, as well as working as a barber and tobacco picker by day. At 15 he began to compose his own material and also started playing the clarinet, joining the Municipal Band Of Santiago as a clarinet player five years later. He invented his own musical instrument, a cross between a guitar and a tres, known as an ‘armónico’ or ‘trilina’. By 1934 Muñoz had moved to Havana (having toured there as a member of Nico Saquito’s Quinteto Cuban Stars), where he played with Cuarteto Hatey (1934-39) and Cunjunto Matamaros (1939-51). In 1942, he formed the duo Los Campadres (‘The Friends’) with Lorenzo Hierrezuelo....

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