Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

August 08, 2005

Ibrahim Ferrer, 78, a leading voice with the hugely popular Buena Vista Social Club of traditional Cuban performers, died Saturday, his representative in Cuba said. A cause of death was not given, but his colleagues said he suffered from emphysema and was feeling ill earlier in the week.

Known for his trademark cap and graying mustache, Mr. 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.

Among a group of older Cuban performers recruited by U.S. musician Ry Cooder, Mr. Ferrer performed on the Buena Vista Social Club album that won a Grammy in 1999, and was among those appearing in the film of the same name.

He was also featured in one of a string of albums that followed, Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer, and he won a Latin Grammy for best new artist in 2000.

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