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Famous Composers from Cuba

Updated October 13, 2018 3.4k views12 items

List of notable or famous composers from Cuba, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Cuba and even some popular composers who immigrated to Cuba. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Cuban composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from Cuba is included when available.

People here include everything from Paquito D'Rivera to Raynier Casamayor Griñán.

This historic composers from Cuba list can help answer the questions "Who are some Cuban composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from Cuba?" These prominent composers of Cuba may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Cuban composers.

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  • Dionisio Ramón Emilio Valdés Amaro (October 9, 1918 – March 22, 2013), better known as Bebo Valdés, was a Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger. He was a central figure in the golden age of Cuban music, led two famous big bands, and was one of the "house" arrangers for the Tropicana Club.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Died at 95 (1918-2013)
    • Birthplace: Quivicán, Cuba
  • Cachao López is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from Cuba
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    Israel López Valdés (September 14, 1918 – March 22, 2008), better known as Cachao ( kə-CHOW), was a Cuban double bassist and composer. Cachao is widely known as the co-creator of the mambo and a master of the descarga (improvised jam sessions). Throughout his career he also performed and recorded in a variety of music styles ranging from classical music to salsa. An exile in the United States since the 1960s, he only achieved international fame following a career revival in the 1990s. Born into a family of musicians in Havana, Cachao and his older brother Orestes were the driving force behind one of Cuba's most prolific charangas, Arcaño y sus Maravillas. As members of the Maravillas,... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 90 (1918-2008)
    • Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
  • Donato Poveda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Composers from Cuba
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    Nacido en La Habana en el 1960, Donato Poveda, compositor e interprete, comienza su carrera como trovador a la edad de 18 años en el ámbito musical de la isla. Creador de música para teatro y televisión especialmente (La Botija) con la cuál ganó el premio a la mejor música del Festival Internacional de Cine De La Habana en 1989. Se da a conocer en Cuba con las canciones, Madre Por Qué?, Alex, Historia de un amor, Cambiando el tema, El Eslabón perdido y Álguien llama. Se marcha de Cuba y de inmediato desarrolla una meteórica carrera musical. Con el dúo Donato & Estefano (Sony International), lanzó cuatro (4)álbumes, (incluyendo un Greatest Hits), cada uno mas innovador y lleno de... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
  • Fabian Almazan is a pianist, composer and film score composer.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 36
    • Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
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