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Saturday, February 11, 2012
Top Cuban Country Music Singer Inocente Iznaga Dies in Havana
Havana, Cuba, Feb 11.- Popular Cuban country music singer Inocente Iznaga (El Jilguero) died on Friday in this capital at age 81, the National Television Newscast reported.
Born on December 28, 1930, in Arimao, Cienfuegos, he developed a unique style of interpreting country music, for which he deserved a large number of prizes, among them the Alejo Carpentier Award and the Replica of General Maximo Gomez’ Machete, among others, the www.5septiembre.cu Web site reported.
He sang for the first time in the CMHM radio station of the central city of Cienfuegos, and then in the CMHI of the same place. In 1948, se moved to Havana, where he worked in the RHC Cadena Azul radio station before returning to Cienfuegos and perform in the CMHK of the town of Cruces.
He returned to the Cuban capital in 1956, and with the help of country music artists Chanito Isidron, Celina Gonzalez and Reutilio Dominguez, the popular interpreter sang in Radio Cadena Habana, where he performed with Raul Rondon, and later he began to sing in Radio Progreso.
Likewise, he worked with Jesus Orta Ruiz (El Indio Nabori) in “El Guateque de Apolunio”, aired by television channel four (1957-1959) and in 1962 he began his presentations in the “Palmas y Cañas” television program broadcast on Sundays.
In the 1960s, he won a prize in Poland’s Sopot Festival, and toured the former Czechoslovakia and Soviet Union, in addition to China, Mongolia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Algeria, Syria, Mexico, Peru, Nicaragua and Panama.
The Organizing Committee of the 2010 edition of Cubadisco –Cuba’s Record Fair and Contest-gave Iznaga the Prize of Honor, as well as ten-syllable-verse performer Adolfo Alfonso, recently deceased, as an acknowledgement to the life and work of these two great figures of the island’s country music. (acn).