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Carlos Puebla

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Born into a modest family, he did several types of manual jobs during his youth (carpenter, mechanic, sugarcane worker, shoemaker), but quickly became interested in music, and especially in the guitar. He learned how to play the instrument by himself, without a teacher.

He began composing during the 1930s, and met with a certain amount of popularity in his native city. He recorded his first songs in the 1950s with his group Los Tradicionales, formed in 1953, and politically he stood beside Fidel Castro before the 1959 Revolution.

In 1961, he went on tour in several countries with his musicians. His music, as well as his political activity, turned his concerts into a success. He was thenceforth called “the singer of the Cuban Revolution” and other world tours followed. More than an ambassador for Cuban music, he was an ambassador for Cuba.

In 1965, the night after Fidel Castro’s speech announcing Che Guevara’s departure from the government, Puebla, seized by passion, composed what would become his most celebrated work, Hasta Siempre, Commandante, a true declaration of love for and hope in Che.

On 12 July 1989, he died in Havana after a long illness. His ashes were transferred to the cemetery of his native city five years later. A plaque there reads: yo soy ésto que soy, un simple trovador que canta (“I am what I am, a simple troubadour who sings”).

Puebla began by writing love songs, such as Quiero hablar contigo, Qué sé yo and Te vieron con él, which later became successes, and also Cuenta conmigo, Quién se lo iba a imaginar and Hay que decir adiós, popularised by the duo Claro and Mario.

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  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    песня про че гевару - гимн гимнов для всех четких пацанов

    20 Jul 1:34pm Reply
  • Dj-BlackJack

    5 son!, ni uno menos, ni uno mas!

    17 May 2012 Reply
  • Dyerzen

    viva la revolución cubana y sus gentes!!! que viva el socialismo y fidel!!!

    8 Aug 2011 Reply
  • natschos

    \\ Cuba //

    26 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Jozzsdorowsky

    Emiliana como cubana es un ejemplo y un honor.

    8 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Mammpel

    Hasta Siempre... Commandante..

    19 Mar 2010 Reply
  • dkonstruct

    Aprendimos a quererte...desde la historica altura...donde el sol de tu bravura...le puso seco a la muerte... Poeta de cuerdas de mi infancia...excelentes recuerdos! Relatando a tono sincopado la historia del pueblo!

    27 Mar 2009 Reply
  • lisacondeca

    Hasta siempre.... para sempre na pureza da alma revolucionária.... a voz em nome da liberdade e do verdadeiro Homem

    14 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Gavnosh

    Че Гевара -- вот он истинный мессия, а не всякая хуйня типа иисусов ))))))))

    30 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Neolcakne

    !Hasta Siempre!

    8 Nov 2008 Reply
  • ElMuertoRoho

    Здесь лежит чистая, Отважная прозрачность Вашего драгоценного присутствия, Товарищ Че Гевара

    9 Oct 2008 Reply
  • nadiaanissa

    yo quiero la mùsica del texto puebla, jara, violetta.....

    4 Apr 2008 Reply
  • the_metzg0re

    y con fidel te decimos, hasta siempre comandante

    12 Mar 2008 Reply

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