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Manuel Galbán, Buena Vista Social Club Guitarist, Dead at 80

Galbán Also Recorded a Grammy-Winning Album with Ry Cooder

Manuel Galbán, the Cuban guitarist best known as a member of the Buena Vista Social Club, died July 7 of a heart attack in Havana at 80 years old.

Born in 1931 in Gibara, Holguín Province, Cuba, Galbán made his professional debut in 1944. He joined the internationally acclaimed Los Zafiros in 1963, which combined the traditional filín movement with other music styles such as bolero, doo-wop, calypso music, bossa nova and rock. This fusion transformed Los Zafiros into one of the most popular Cuban groups of the time.

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