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Barbarito Diez (December 4, 1909 – May 6, 1995) was a popular Cuban singer who specialized in danzón genre.[1]

Barbarito Diez
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Background information
Birth nameBárbaro Díez Junco
Born(1909-12-04)December 4, 1909
Bolondrón, Matanzas Province, Cuba
DiedMay 6, 1995(1995-05-06) (aged 85)
Havana, Cuba
GenresDanzón
Years active1935–1986
Associated acts

A revered and certified Cuban music legend, Bárbaro Diez Junco represents the ultimate male romantic vocalist in the history of danzón. As a relaxed, yet romantic stylist, he had a friendly tenor voice with correct diction and easy sense of feeling, which preserved the Cuban traditional music from being overrun by pale imitations of male opera singers in the early twentieth century.

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Early lifeEdit

Diez was born on December 4, 1909, in a sugar cane mill located in the small settlement of Bolondrón in Matanzas province, as the only child born to Eugenio Diez and Salustiana del Junco.[2] When he was four years old, Diez moved with his parents to Manatí, Oriente province, where his father worked in another mill for years. The family lived in a batey, where the young Diez attended elementary school and intuitively began to sing the repertoire of songs that Trio Matamoros had created.[3]

Professional careerEdit

As a result, Diez established himself as a well-respected, professional performer in his Oriente province home at the age of fourteen. He then moved to Havana in 1930, in search of better working conditions and remuneration. Even though he formed a successful guitar trio along with Graciano Gómez and Isaac Oviedo a year later, Diez received an invitation from pianist and composer Antonio María Romeu to join his dance band in 1935, where he continued thereafter as its main soloist. After Romeu died in 1955, the orchestra continued playing under the leadership of his son Antonio María Romeu, Jr. with Diez as lead singer. Some years later the band was renamed Orquesta de Barbarito Diez.[1]

During his career, Diez toured the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the United States in concerts and recorded eleven albums of his extensive repertoire of danzón music,[4] well on his way to becoming a household name outside of Cuba. In addition, strengthened by a considerably large and stable fanbase in Venezuela,[3] Diez thanked his audience for their support and offered a collection of diverse Venezuelan music genres in his albums Barbarito Diez Canta a Venezuela Volumes 1 & 2, which were released in 1977 and 1980, respectively.[5][6] He then recorded a handful of Latin American songs backed by the group Rondalla Venezolana in 1985.[7] Three years later, he made his last recording session with the Charanga Típica orchestra directed by Guillermo Rubalcaba.[8][9]

Late lifeEdit

In one of his last interviews, Diez left a message for his audience: "I want everyone to know how grateful I am for the love, respect and consideration they have always given me. I say out loud that I have the biggest thrill to see that you still listen with pleasure, so I will sing until I run out of strength to do it."

Barbarito Diez died in 1995 from diabetes-related complications at age 85.[1][2]

Partial list of recorded songsEdit

International toursEdit

Dominican RepublicEdit

MexicoEdit

Puerto RicoEdit

  • Backed by Septeto Gloria Mantancera (1933)

United StatesEdit

VenezuelaEdit

All backed by his orchestra

[3][4]

SourcesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Orovio, Helio (2004). Cuban Music from A to Z-CL. Duke University Press Books. ISBN 978-0-8223-3186-5.
  2. ^ a b EcuRed Encyclopedia Biography (Spanish). EcuRed.com. Retrieved on July 24, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Enciclopedia de Historia y Cultura del Caribe Biography (Spanish).
  4. ^ a b La Jiribilla Interview. LaJiribilla.cu. Retrieved on July 25, 2015.
  5. ^ Barbarito Diez Canta a Venezuela Vol. 1. Venezuela en Sonidos. Retrieved on July 23, 2015.
  6. ^ Barbarito Diez Canta a Venezuela Vol. 2. Biblioteca Nacional de Venezuela Catálogo Público. Retrieved on July 21, 2015.
  7. ^ Barbarito Díez con La Rondalla Venezolana. Discog.com. Retrieved on July 24, 2015.
  8. ^ Guillermo Rubalcaba, un pilar en el desarrollo del danzón. JornadaUnam.mx. Retrieved on Jul5 25, 2015.
  9. ^ Charanga Típica de Conciertos de Guillermo Rubalcaba – Vivencias. Discog.com. Retrieved on July 25, 2015.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Orquesta Antonio María Romeu – Asi Bailaba Cuba Vol. 5
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Orquesta Antonio María Romeu – Asi Bailaba Cuba Vol. 6
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Orquesta Antonio María Romeu – Asi Bailaba Cuba Vol. 2
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Orquesta Antonio María Romeu (Compilation)
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Barbarito Diez canta a Venezuela Vol. 1
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Barbarito Diez canta a Venezuela Vol. 2
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h Barbarito Diez con La Rondalla Venezolana
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Orquesta Antonio María Romeu – Asi Bailaba Cuba Vol. 3
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Orquesta Antonio María Romeu – Asi Bailaba Cuba Vol. 7
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Orquesta Antonio María Romeu – Asi Bailaba Cuba Vol. 1
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Orquesta Antonio María Romeu – Asi Bailaba Cuba Vol. 8
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Orquesta Antonio María Romeu – Asi Bailaba Cuba Vol. 9

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