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Name: Torres, Roberto (1940-)


Historical Note:

Roberto Torres (1940-) began his music career in his hometown of Güines, Cuba at an early age. In 1959, Torres emigrated to the United States where he continued his music career, starting the Orquesta Broadway in New York City in 1963. His major break came in 1965 when he signed on as singer for the Latin band, Sonora Matancera.

In the 1970s, Torres embarked on his solo carreer and founded Guajiro Records in 1973. In later life, Torres organized and played lead for the Miami-based band, Roberto Torres y su Orquesta.

Torres is credited with inventing the charanga-vallenta, a style of Latin music blending the traditional rythms of the Cuban charanga and the Colombian vallento. He is perhaps most known for the hit 1980 rendition of Simón Díaz's Venezuelan folksong, Caballo Viejo, done in the charanga-vallenata style.

Sources:

Burroughs, Dena. "Cuban singer Roberto Torres headlines the Mi Son Cubano Festival May 15". Examiner.com. http://www.examiner.com/article/cuban-singer-roberto-torres-headlines-the-mi-son-cubano-festival-may-15. Accessed 18 November 2014.

Arturo Arias-Polo. "Honran la carrera musical de Roberto Torres con la entrega de un prestigioso premio." El Nuevo Hera. 2014 July 20.





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