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Ibrahim Ferrer's Biography

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Ibrahim Ferrer was born in Cuba at a social club dance in 1927 when his mother unexpectedly went into labour.

Although he had begun singing professionally from the early age of 14, and achieved success within Cuba, Ibrahim Ferrer rose to international fame towards the end of his life, as part of the Buena Vista Social Club project, a group of musicians brought together in 1997 by Ry Cooder.

The Buena Vista Social Club won a Grammy and a documentary of the project was nominated for an Oscar.

Ferrer also had success with a solo career and won a Grammy for his salsa album Buenos Hermanos.

Ibrahim Ferrer died, aged 78, on 6 August 2005, leaving a widow, Caridad Diaz. Other Buena Vista musicians, pianist Ruben Gonzalez and guitarist Compay Segundo, had died in 2003.

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