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Vieja Trova Santiaguera

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La Vieja Trova Santiaguera is a Cuban musical band that formed in 1994 and became successful in Europe. Its members are:

* Reinaldo Hierrezuelo (Reinaldo Hierrezuelo la O or 'Hierro', solo voice and lead guitar/tres) (Santiago de Cuba, 30 December 1926)
* Reinaldo Creagh (Cirilo Reinaldo Creagh Veranes, solo voice and claves) (1917 or 1918?)
* Artistóteles Limonta (Artistóteles Raimundo Limonta, double bass and voice) (Santiago de Cuba, 15 March 1913)
* Pancho Cobas (Francisco Cobas la O, guitar) (Siboney, 1 April 1913)
* Ricardo Ortíz (Ricardo Ortíz Verdecia, solo voice, güiro, trumpet, maracas) (El Cristo (near Santiago de Cuba), 1934 or 1935?)

In the Dutch documentary 'Lagrimas Negras' they are shown as true supporters of the Cuban Revolution, bringing homage to the grave of 'Carlos Marx'. As Pancho Cobas explains, before the Revolution there was little opportunity to make money (except on Holidays), but after the Revolution musicians were asked to form bands and were employed by the state. They were judged by a 'Cultural Committee', which scaled them to determine their pay.

Reynaldo Hierrezuelo replaced Compay Segundo in his brother Lorenzo's band Los Compadres.


* Vieja Trova Santiaguera (1994) (NubeNegra/Intuition)
* Gusto y Sabor (1995) (NubeNegra/Intuition)
* Hotel Asturias (1996) (NubeNegra/Intuition)
* La Manigua (1998) (Virgin)
* Domino (2000) (Virgin)
* El Balcón del Adiós (2002) (Virgin)

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