Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Polo Montañez - Guajiro Natural (Cuba 2000)

Polo Montañez - Guajiro natural (Cuba 2000)

Born: June 05, 1955, San Cristóbal, Habana, Cuba
Died: November 26, 2002 //

- Guajiro Natural (2000).
- Guitarra Mía (2002).
- Memoria (2004).

Track Listing:
01. Guajiro Natural
02. Canten
03. Donde estará
04. Si se enamora de mi
05. Un bolero06. Mi mejor amiga
07. Barca a la deriva
08. Un montón de estrellas
09. Quien será
10. Amanece el nuevo año
11. Como será mañana
12. Si fuera mía
13. Guajiro natural.(Versión Extendida)

Polo Montañez (June 5, 1955 - November 26, 2002) was a Cuban singer and songwriter.
Montañez was born Fernando Borrego Linares in Sierra del Rosario, Pinar del Río, in a farm known as El Brujito. At an early age he worked various jobs including driving a tractor, milking cows, making coal, assisting on the family farm, and as a lumberjack. In his spare time, Montañez would go from house to house singing and later began to sing in local parties and family gatherings.
In 1994, Montañez formed his own ensemble of family and friends. He quickly became the house act at a resort in the nearby touristic community of Las Terrazas, and in 1999, Montañez signed with European record label Lusafrica after being discovered by one of their directors that was staying at the resort.
Montañez had his biggest success in March 2000 with his first CD "Guajiro Natural" and the song "Un montón de Estrellas". He became known as the Guajiro Natural (Natural Countryman) because of his humble personality and songs about the peasant life in Cuba.
Polo Montañez died on November 26, 2002, six days after being hospitalized in the Carlos J. Finlay Military Hospital, as a result of a tragic car accident in the Coronela zone near San Cristóbal, Pinar del Río. The Centro Cultural (Cultural Centre) on the main square in Viñales, Pinar del Rio, is named in his memory.
~ From Wikipedia.
Polo Montañez has left us
The charismatic singer dies as a result of a traffic accident on Wednesday, November 20
See also: Interview: "I Always Go Back Home" (Granma International, 02 Nov. 2002)
DESPITE the tremendous efforts by doctors to save him, 47-year-old Fernando Borrego (Polo Montañez), one of Cuban music's most charismatic artists of recent years, died at 11:20 p.m. on November 26 at the Carlos J. Finlay Military Hospital. His death was the result of a lamentable traffic accident that occurred on Wednesday, November 29 when he was returning by car from the capital to his home in San Cristóbal, Pinar del Río province.
It was an agonizing week in which people followed news on his grave condition by the minute. Day and night, from one end of the island to the other, Cubans demonstrated their solidarity and expressed their most fervent hopes for the artist's recovery. But he was unable to survive the serious brain trauma and the ensuing complications of such a precarious condition.
Granma daily has received many tributes to Polo's brief but meteoric musical career from both home and abroad. Shortly before his death, a letter from Italy described affirmed: "A man like him - of the people, modest and ordinary - knows how to win everybody's affection. He's in all our hearts and we are proud of him."
Polo Montañez burst upon the island's musical scene like a bolt of lightning. In under a year - in the second half of 2001 - he rose to the top of Cuban radio stations' hit lists with "Un montón de estrellas" (A Mountain of Stars). With this and other songs from his first CD Guajiro natural (Natural Countryman) he won over the Colombian public and made inroads into other Latin American countries and Western Europe.
His surprising and, at the same time, powerful ride on the crest of the Cuban musical wave and his incessant international success was accompanied by a type of legendary mystique fueling the tale of a guajiro who charmed the world with his simple, moving music.
And his patriotic feelings led him to set to music the poems of Antonio Guerrero, one of the five Cubans imprisoned in the United States.
Polo Montañez' second CD on the Lusáfrica label was released in May; Guitarra mía (My Guitar) established him among us, building upon his achievements during the last two months of spring when he filled stadiums and plazas the length and breadth of the country.
Of late, the singer had enjoyed Puerto Rican Gilberto Santarrosa's splendid version of "Un montón de estrellas". And he was preparing to continue touring abroad to promote his second disc.
~ By PEDRO DE LA HOZ -Granma daily staff writer-

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