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Ibrahim Ferrer (February 20, 1927 – August 6, 2005) was a popular Afro-Cuban singer and musician in Cuba. He performed with many musical groups including the Afro-Cuban All Stars. Later in life, Ferrer became a member of the internationally successful Buena Vista Social Club. His increasing popularity lead to collaborations with contemporary acts such as Gorillaz.

Ferrer was born at a dance in San Luis, near the city of Santiago de Cuba. His mother died when he was 12, leaving him orphaned and forcing him to sing on the streets (busk) to earn money. The next year, Ferrer joined his first ever musical group, a duet alongside his cousin called Jovenes del Son (Spanish: Youths of Son). They performed at private functions and the two youths managed to scrape together enough money to live.

Over the next few years, Ferrer would perform with many musical groups, including Conjunto Sorpresa and Orquesta Chepin-Choven.

The leader of the latter composed one of Ferrer’s biggest hits, “El Platanal de Bartolo”.

1960 - Mis tiempos con Chepín y su Orquesta Oriental
1973 - Recording with Los Bocucos
1999 – Buena Vista Social Club Presents: Ibrahim Ferrer
2000 - Tierra Caliente: Roots of Buena Vista
2002 - Mis Tiempos Con Chepín
2002 - La Collección Cubana
2002 - Tiempos Con Chepín y Su Orquesta
2003 - Buenos Hermanos
2004 - Que Bueno Está


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  • mikeyzee

    Ibrahim Ferrer's Silencio and Muse's Screenager sound very similar! does anyone if this is by accident or if one of them borrowed from the other?

    14 Jun 2008 Reply

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