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Biography

  • Born

    29 November 1946 (age 73)

Silvio Rodríguez Domínguez (born November 29, 1946 in San Antonio de los Baños, La Habana, Cuba) is a Cuban musician, and one of the best known artists of the movement.

His musical career started at age 17 while he was doing his military service in the recently formed FAR (Revolutionary Armed Forces) that were officialy created in late 1961 after the failed invasion of Cuba by the USA along with the CIA and the Cuban self-titled "Gusanos", ordered by former president John F. Kennedy. The bombings by the USA hit mainly La Habana, Santiago de Cuba and San Antonio de los Baños, in which Silvio was living at the time working as an educator for the Alphabetization program of the revolution for which he taught History, Mathematics, Geography, Grammar and Politics.

Esteban Baños was the friend that taught him how to play guitar while they were in the army, around 1964 was when Silvio wrote his first songs. In 1967 he finished his Army training and started his career as a musician mainly as a solo artist but also although shortly as a part of the Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC (GESI).

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