Cuban Musicians (Updated)

How many musicians from Cuba can you name who have been sucessful in the U.S.? I’m asking because according to World Music Central, there have been none.

Issac Delgado, who left Cuba a little over 6 months ago, has been called “the most significant Cuban singer of his generation”. Already a star in Cuba, Delgado is making a run at becoming the first musician from the island to find commercial success stateside. (my emphasis)

Hello! Celia Cruz, Jorge Bolet, Desi Arnaz, Xavier Cugat, Albita, Gloria Estefan, just for starters.
Is it ignorance or castroite revisionism?
Update: I’m happy to report that World Music Central has corrected their error, it now reads:

Issac Delgado, who left Cuba a little over 6 months ago, has been called “the most significant Cuban singer of his generation”. Already a star in Cuba, Delgado is making a run at becoming the latest musician from the island to find commercial success stateside in recent times.” (again, my emphasis)

Thank you Babalu readers!

20 thoughts on “Cuban Musicians (Updated)”

  1. Mandingo, I agree Juan Carlos Formell is great! Considering the number of important Cuban musicians, how prolific and influential they have been in American music, I cannot believe that stupid statement made it past the editor.

  2. They have a “Contact Us” link on their site in the upper right corner. Perhaps a gentle suggestion can be made to the site owners to correct their mistake?

  3. ORISHAS have found a lot of success in the US. They are a rap rock group from Cuba.

    Though they praise the revolution in form, I think the overall context of the message is one critical of fidel’s policies.

    It’s important to note that they are on a state run record label and while they tour overseas, surely their actions are watched closelt by the government which clearly limits what they can say.

  4. Jose- Cugat was born in Spain. With his family, he emigrated to Cuba when he was five. He trained as a classical violinist and played with the Orchestra of the Teatro Nacional in Havana before immigrating to New York.

  5. How about Maria Conchita Alonso? She’s from my hometown in Cuba. Her family is Cuban and she was born in Cuba though she’s become a Venezuelan citizen.

  6. It’s nice that they corrected their error, but you’d think they would surely have known better to begin with. There are a lot of “authorities” and “experts” out there that are no such thing.

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