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The legendry Cuban musician Bebo Valdes who is said to have been the founder of Latin Jazz and one of the giants of Cuban music has died at the age of 94.

Bebo Valdés, was a musical lightning rod in Havana during the evolution of the mambo and, after a long fallow period, a million-selling success during the last two decades of his life. He died in Stockholm, his primary residence since 1963. He was 94.
In recent years he won three Grammy Awards – most recently best Latin jazz album for “Juntos Para Siempre,” a duo record with Chucho – and six Latin Grammys.

“Even though I’m Cuban, I’m really an American arranger,” Mr. Valdés said in 2006. “Because the way I write has as much to do with American music as it has to do with Cuban music. And at the same time it has to do with the fugue.”

Last modified on Friday, 15 August 2014 12:38

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