Beny Moré - Afro-Cuban Singer (1919 - 1963)
Beny Moré embodies the best of Cuban music, its rhythm, its soul, its humor, and its joy. He is the greatest singer ever to emerge from Cuba, and is regarded as the benchmark for all Cuban soneros.
One of nineteen children, Bartolomé Maximiliano Moré, was born on August 24, 1919 in a poor neighborhood named Pueblo Nuevo, in the town of Santa Isabel de las Lajas in the province of Las Villas. He was an extroverted illiterate, always showing the charisma that would accompany him throughout his life, and he was happy in spite of the abject poverty in which he grew up. It was all he knew. As a child he taught himself the guitar and would sing at parties, gatherings and Afro-Cuban religious ceremonies. After living in Santa Isabel de las Lajas during his early years, he eventually went to the province of Camagüey where he worked in the sugar mills, often singing boleros or sones to pass the time. His coworkers were amazed at his innate rhythm and melody, his inflections and his swing, and those same coworkers would later encourage him to seek his fortune in music....