Prominent Cuban jazz musician Bebo Valdes has died aged 94

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Cuban musician Bebo Valdes, one of the most prominent figures of Latin jazz at a world level, died in Sweden on Friday at the age of 94.

Valdes, one of the well-known names of the golden age of Cuban music, had been living for a number of years now in Benalmadena, Malaga, in the southern part of Spain, the cubadebate website reported.

In addition to being an excellent pianist, he also excelled as a composer, arranger and director.

Bebo was the father of another prominent Afro-Cuban jazz pianist: Chucho Valdes.

Settled in Malaga, Bebo Valdes had traveled to Sweden two weeks ago, where some of his children live, due to a worsening of his health condition, according to sources close to the family.

Valdes was born in Quivican in 1918 and will go down in history for his contribution to the combination of flamenco and jazz with the prize-winning album “Lágrimas negras” (2002) along with Diego El Cigala, a CD that won a Grammy prize.

His career was distinguished by two periods: a first stage in Cuba with his Sabor orchestra and a second one that began after his emigration to Stockholm in 1960.

After 30 years of artistic silence, he returned to activity when he was 76 years old, with “Bebo Rides Again,” and reached a second golden age thanks to albums like “El Arte del Sabor” (2001) and to his collaboration with film director Fernando Trueba.

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