Cuba has a very rich musical history for a small country. One of the greats of Cuban music is Compay Segundo, a singer, music writer, and guitarist. We feauture Compay in our International Masters of Music because of his large repertoire of music he has performed and written.
Born as Máximo Francisco Repilado Muñoz, Compay developed his stage name from the Cuban word Compay meaning friend and Segundo because he usually was the second singing voice in his musical partnership
Compay first came into international interest as a singer and performer in Buena Vista Social Club, very late in his life, and lived for 10 years after his success to a ripe old age of 95.
While Buena Vista Social Club’s style of visit was salsa, as an individual artist, Compay was a reknowned trova guitarist, which is a Spanish style of folk guitar music, which is a very easy listening and relaxing type of music.
Compay’s greatest era of his life was the 1920’s and 30’s before he changed his lifestyle to become a cigar maker when Fidel Castro took control of the country.
In 2001 Compay’s Antologia was released in 2002 with enough of his music repertoire to fill 2 CD’s
Sadly 2 years later at the ripe old age of 96 Compay left us, but his amazing musical legacy will be remembered all over the world partly in thanks to Buena Vista Social Club
Here are 5 of our favourite Compay Segundo
1 Chan Chan- Compay’s most famous song
2 Yo Vengo Aqui- “I come here to sing”- another great acoustical masterpiece.
5 Chicharones- This upbeat song about pork crackling, Yes seriously pork crackling
As he says “they are tasty to eat when you know how much they cost” “fried in butter and eaten with fried green plaintains (bananas)
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