08 augustus 2005

Read 'm and weep (III) - No more Chan Chan voor Ibrahim

Buena Vista Social Club Singer Ferrer Dies
HAVANA - Singer Ibrahim Ferrer, a leading voice with the hugely popular Buena Vista Social Club of vintage Cuban performers, died Saturday, recording industry officials here said. He was 78. The Montuno production company did not give a cause of death Saturday night when confirming Ferrer's death earlier in the day. Ferrer's colleagues said he suffered from emphysema in recent years and was feeling ill earlier in the week during a flight home from Europe. "I felt like he was my brother," said fellow Buena Vista performer, guitarist Manuel Galban. "He was a great musician and a great companion." Known for his trademark cap and graying mustache, Ferrer was a wiry, animated figure who clearly enjoyed performing Cuba's traditional "son" music of the 1940s and 1950s for new generations of fans.

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