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Ferrer wins Latin  Grammy for best new singer, 9/14/00

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Ibrahim Ferrer
Orquesta Ibrahim Ferrer
Afro-Cuban All Stars

Septuagenarian Ibrahim Ferrer who was born at a social club dance in Santiago, 1927. He began singing professionally in 1941 with local Santiago groups, working wherever he could make a living by day and singing by night. By the 1950s he was established as the singer with Pacho Alonso's group and was able to concentrate on music full time. Ferrer began guesting with Orquesta de Chepin and Benny Moré, two of the legendary names of Cuban music. Alonso's band moved to Havana in 1959, and Ferrer stayed with the group for more than twenty years. By the 1970s, the group had become known as Los Bocucos and pioneered the polón rhythm, which was reputedly based on the sound of pounding the coffee beans.

Musicians in Cuba have never been paid much and Ferrer is one of the remarkable number of vintage musicians who has been supported on a small state pension which he supplemented by the hard earned money he received by shining shoes. Ferrer lives in Old Havana in a tiny apartment within a crowded and moldering nineteenth-century house with his wife and assorted junior relatives. As money is tight (the average monthly salary is $15), the older generations tend to conserve their small pensions by hanging out not far from their open doors. This is exactly where Ferrer was when destiny came knocking and is best explained in Ibrahim's own words, "An angel came and picked me up and said, 'Chico, come and do this record.' I didn't want to do it because I had given up on music. But now I have my own record, my first one ever, so I'm very happy. I don't have to shine shoes anymore."  That angel took him to make the Afro-Cuban All Stars CD, A Toda Cuba Le Gusta.

1999 Tour

Following the success of Rubén González sell-out tours across Europe in 1998, stars of the Buena Vista Social Club return to the stage for a seven week tour of Europe in the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Scandinavia.

Featuring his own Orquestra Ibrahim Ferrer, Ibrahim Ferrer is joined by Omara Portuondo and Manuel Galbán (former los Zafiros guitarist) an expanded line-up including a horn section with four saxes and full percussion section.

Ferrer wins Latin Grammy for "Best New Artist", 9/14/00

Cubans celebrate Grammy awarded to Buena Vista Social Club member

HAVANA, September 14.- The Latin Grammy for "best new artist" awarded Wednesday to 72-year-old son singer Ibrahim Ferrer, one of the leading voices of Buena Vista Social Club, was hailed in Cuba as "a victory for Cuban traditional music."

"The prize has been awarded at the best possible time, when we are celebrating a second son festival here and when Ibrahim has just given one of his unforgettable performances," Adalberto Alvarez, president of the organizing committee of the festival, told AFP in Santiago de Cuba.

"Ibrahim is a son singer par excellence and this award is a recognition of all Cuban performers of that genre. It is a victory for each and every one of us," stressed Alvarez, who will travel to Mexico City next week with his band Adalberto y su Son, to perform at the Hard Rock Café.

The news about the Grammy spread like wildfire in Santiago, other sources commented to AFP in the second largest city in Cuba, the home of top groups of traditional Cuban music such as Elio Revé y su Charangón, La Original de Manzanillo and Son 14 were on stage.

Ferrer sang the day before in the Heredia Theater in Santiago de Cuba, which was filled to capacity. However, the following morning he traveled to Las Tunas, more than 1,000 kilometers east of Havana, "to a place with which we have no telephone link," Alvarez stated.

Ferrer’s victory has occurred at a time of some rivalry between the older generation of Cuban musicians, steadfast promoters of traditional son, and groups that have incorporated a new sound into this type of music, without betraying its son roots.

Ibrahim Ferrer, one of Buena Vista Social Club’s senior citizens, has just returned to Cuba after a tour of Japan with the 70-year-old diva of Cuban song, Omara Portuondo, and is scheduled to travel to the United States in the near future.

U.S. musician Ry Cooder, produced the Buena Vista Social Club album which won a Grammy in 1998 and brought to international popularity the best of ’40s and ’50s Cuban music, performed by the artists of the period, who are now in their 70s and 80s.

Ferrer and Los Van Van, the band directed by Juan Formell, were nominated in different categories for the Latin Grammy. Formell attended the awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Los Van Van, one of the outstanding Cuban groups who have incorporated new sounds into traditional Cuban music, won their first Grammy in 1999 with their album Llegó Van Van / Van Van is Here.

The same CD was nominated in the salsa category, which was won by Celia Cruz, a Cuban living in the United States.

Other Latin Grammy award winners were Juan Luis Guerra, from the Dominican Republic, for the CD Ni es lo mismo ni es igual (It’s Not the Same) and the song "El niágra en bicicleta" (Niagara by Bicycle) and Tito Puente for Mambo Birdland.


Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer

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2005 Schedule (updated 5/05)

MAY 2005
date day country City VENUE BOX OFFICE TEL WWW




Queen Elizabeth



11 Wed UK Bristol Colston Hall

0117 9223682/6
13 Fri UK Gateshead The Sage 0870 703 4555
15 Sun UK Brighton Dome Concert Hall 01273 709709
17 Tues UK Leicester De Montfort Hall 0116 233 3111
20 Fri Germany Frankfurt Alte Oper 069 1340 400

21 Sat Germany Munich Philharmonie 089 54818181  or

23 Mon Switzerland Lucerne KKL 0900 800000
24 Tues Germany Baden Baden Festspielhaus 072 21/30 13-101
27 Fri Hungary Budapest Palace of the Arts
28 Sat Hungary Budapest Palace of the Arts
30 Mon Austria Villach Kongresscenter +43-01 / 96 0 96

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10/16 Zénith de Toulouse, Toulouse, France: 11 av Raymond Badiou,  

Latin America - with a 16 piece group

6/13 - Peru

6/26 - Agora de la Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, Quito, Ecuador

6/?? - Brazil: Sao Paulo, Río de Janeiro,  Belo Horizonte


"Having recently completed a tour of Eastern Europe, Ferrer is all practiced up and has put together a crackerjack band. The band, which includes several of Ferrer’s fellow Buena Vista Social Club participants, features Manuel Galbon, Orlando "Cachato" Lopez, "Guajiro Mirabal, Jesus "Aguaje" Ramos and Roberto Fonseca."

7/8/04 Montreal, QC Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Montreal Jazz Festival

7/9/04 Winnipeg, Folk Festival

7/10/04 Toronto, Massey Hall



5/20/03  Amsterdam, the Netherlands   Carre Theatre


Oct. 14-15, 7 p.m., Orchard Hall in Bunkamura, Shibuya



Upper Darby, PA

Tower Theatre


Toronto, ON

Massey Hall


Toronto, ON

Roy Thomson Hall


Montreal, QC

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier


Montreal, QC

Pelletier Hall


Vancouver, BC

Orpheum Theatre


Seattle, WA

Paramount Theatre


San Francisco, CA

Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium


San Francisco, CA

Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium


Los Angeles, CA

Royce Hall UCLA


Los Angeles, CA

Royce Hall UCLA


Escondido, CA

Escondido Concert Hall


Tempe, AZ

Gammage Auditorium


Tucson, AZ

Centennial Hall


Austin, TX

The Backyard


Austin, TX

The Backyard


New York, NY

Beacon Theatre


2002 Schedule (updated 1/15/02)


Santa Barbara, CA

Arlington Theatre


Escondido, CA

Escondido Concert Hall


Los Angeles, CA

Royce Hall, UCLA


Los Angeles, CA

Royce Hall ,UCLA


Cerritos, CA

Cerritos Center


Tucson, AZ

Centennial Hall


Tempe, AZ

Gammage Auditorium


Salt Lake City, UT

Abravanel Hall

20001 Schedule (updated 3/16/01)
with Ruben Gonzalez

07/15/01    Los Angeles, CA  Hollywood Bowl 

South America, US & Australia (updated 11/5)
with Omara Portuondo & Rubén González:


Buenos Aires, Argentina

Gran Rex Theatre


Buenos Aires, Argentina

Gran Rex Theatre


Buenos Aires, Argentina

Gran Rex Theatre


Santiago, Chile

San Carlos De Apoquindo


Santiago, Chile

Estadio Chile


Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

ATL Hall


Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Palacio Das Artes


Sao Paulo, Brazil

Via Funchal


New York, NY

Beacon Theatre


New York, NY

Beacon Theatre


New York, NY

Beacon Theatre


Boston, MA

Orpheum Theatre


Amherst, MA

Fine Arts Center


Washington, DC

DAR Constitution Hall


Washington, DC

DAR Constitution Hall


Baltimore, MD

Meyerhoff Symph. Hall


Philadelphia, PA

Academy Of Music



Harbour Pavilion


Perth, Australia

Entertainment Centre


Melbourne, Australia

Sidney Myer Music Bowl


Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Concert Hall


Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Concert Hall


Sydney, Australia

Sydney Opera House


Sydney, Australia

Sydney Opera House


Sydney, Australia

Sydney Opera House


Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane Convention Center

Japan, Fall 2000

08/20/00 Toyama, Japan Theater Helios
08/22/00 Fukuoka, Japan Nakama Harmony Hall
08/25/00 Shizuoka, Japan Yaizu-Sh Bunka Center
08/26/00 Osaka, Japan Kawachinagano Lovely Hall
08/27/00 Kochi, Japan Museum Of Art
08/29/00 Tokyo, Japan Bunkamura Orchard Hall
08/30/00 Tokyo, Japan Bunkamura Orchard Hall
09/01/00 Tokyo, Japan Tokyo International Forum
09/02/00 Tokyo, Japan Civic Hall



Europe, Spring 99





05/21/99 Cambridge England Corn Exchange
05/22/99 Brighton England Brighton Festival
05/26/99 Glasgow England Kings Theatre
05/27/99 Warwick England Arts Centre
05/28/99 Liverpool England Philharmonic Hall
05/30/99 London England Barbican Centre

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