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Manuel Galbn

Manuel Galbn (January 14, 1931[1] July 7, 2011)[2] interpret the atmosphere of the 1950s with beauty, agility,
was a Grammy-winning Cuban guitarist, pianist and ar- and simplicity. We decided on two electrics, two drum
ranger, most notable for his work with Los Zaros, Ry sets, congas and bass: a sexteto that could swing like a
Cooder and the Buena Vista Social Club. One of two sur- big band and penetrate the mysteries of the classic tunes.
viving members of Los Zaros, he died on July 7, 2011 This music is powerful, lyrical, and funny; what more
of cardiac arrest at his home in Havana, Cuba. could you ask?"[3]

1 Biography 2 Style and equipment

Manuel Galbn was born on January 14, 1931 and grew Galbns distinctive electric guitar sound makes liberal
up in the small shing town of Gibara in the Holgun use of reverb, tremolo, diminished arpeggio runs and
Province of eastern Cuba. After playing guitar and tres palm mutes. Using a Fender Telecaster with heavy
in various local youth groups, he got his rst professional gauge strings, he references the tone of Duane Eddy
gig at the age of 14 playing guitar with the Orchestra Villa and the early surf guitarists whilst playing the melodic
Blanca. In 1956 he moved to Havana, where he spent runs and chordal patterns associated with traditional
seven years playing in bars and clubs and making frequent Cuban music.[4] He has been pictured using Fender Twin,
appearances on radio. Roland JC120 and Fender Bassman amps, as well as a
Dunlop TS-1 stereo tremolo pedal.
In 1963 he joined the legendary vocal group Los Zaros,
after a mutual friend had recommended him to them. His
playing proved to be a such hit with Los Zaros that he
was told by singer Miguel Cancio Galbn, from now on
3 References
you're working with us; you're exactly what we're look-
[1] Manuel Galbn, pride of Cuban music, star of the Buena
ing for. Galbn was such an essential ingredient to the
Vista Social Club from Granma 3 March 2011
sound of Los Zaros that the distinguished Cuban pianist
Peruchin once said to replace Galbn you would need [2] Buena Vista Social Club guitarist Galban dies. Yahoo
two guitarists. He left the group in 1972 after working News. Retrieved July 8, 2011.
hard for years to allay the personal problems that plagued
its various members.
UENDO. Music Direct. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
Thereafter he spent three years with Cubas national mu-
sical ensemble, Direccin Nacional de Msica, and then [4] Interview - Ry Cooder. ABC. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
a further 23 years with the Grupo Batey as a guitarist,
vocalist and pianist, touring extensively across four con-
tinents. 4 External links
In 1998 he joined the traditional Cuban group Vieja
Trova Santiaguera with whom he toured and released two Manuel Galban on the Internet Movie Database
highly acclaimed albums. He also he appeared in the NPR feature and interview
Wim Wenders lm Buena Vista Social Club, lmed with
Ry Cooder during the sessions for the debut solo album Montuno Productions biography
by Ibrahim Ferrer. Later he recorded with Ferrer and
Buena Vista Social Club bassist Cachato Lopez, leading interview with Ry Cooder on Manuel Galban
to his present engagement as the featured guitarist with interview with Ry Cooder on Manuel Galban
the touring ensemble named after the lm.
In 2001 he recorded Mambo Sinuendo with Ry Cooder
which won the 2003 Grammy for Best Pop Instrumen-
tal Album. Says Cooder of the making of the album
Galbn and I felt that there was a sound that had not
been explored, a Cuban electric-guitar band that could re-


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