Benny More to be remembered

Among the activities scheduled we have a conference on intangible heritage as regards to dance-musical structure of the territory, taught by Msc. David Soler, and, for Saturday 22, El Guateque de Feijo event, referring to the outstanding Cuban intellectual Samuel Feijó (1914-1992) who lived in Cienfuegos for several years.

During the meeting, a group of children participating in several tenth-verse improvisation workshops will sing tunes, while artists from Santa Isabel de las Lajas municipality, Benny More's birthplace, will interpret songs immortalized by the well-known musician.

El Benny is considered one of the most important Cuban musicians. His wide reaching voice and innate capacity for musical composition placed him at a very high position on international stages where he sang. He left a vast discography: 250 recordings, which means a record for a Cuban artist of his time.

Original report here

Listen to this live recording for radio of the great Benny More from the 1950s here

Read article on his legacy in Cuba: Benny More – A hero for all Cubans here

Read more about the Benny More Cultural Centre here

Find out more about Benny More

READCuba and its Music by Ned Sublette, Chicago Review PressThe most comprehensive, entertaining and informative history of Cuban music in English. The political history of Cuba itself is brilliantly examined through the story of its music.

Cuban Music A-Z By Helio Orovio, TumiPotted biographies of every artist, band, style and instrument is included – a treasure trove of historical, social and artistic interest.


Beny More: Canto a mi Cuba – Egrem/Tumi This collection of the great master's work contains some of his most famous and accomplished songs, all sung from the heart.

Various artists: Mambo en la Habana Tumi/EgremA great introduction to the golden age of Mambo. Includes tracks by and performed by Beny More and his orchestra, Bebo Valdes and his orchestra and other artists.

Celeste Mendoza and Beny More: La Reina y el Barbaro – Egrem Beny More singing with his Banda Gigante and Celeste Mendoza, known as the queen of rhythm, singing with the orquestra of Bebo Valdes and Ernesto Duarte.

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