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Lázaro Ros (May 11, 1925 - February 8, 2005) was a Afro-Cuban singer. His music borrowed much from Africa, as he performed music of the Lucumí culture, of the Yoruba people from modern-day Nigeria, and of the Arará culture of the Dahomeyan people from modern-day Benin. Ros was largely self taught, and first learned to sing by learning the chants associated with Santería, a religion based in the Lucumí and Arará cultures.

Life

Ros was born in the Santos Suárez district of Havana, Cuba. His first major employ as a musician was in 1949, where he sang on Sunday afternoons for the radio station, RHC Cadena Azul. After the 1959 revolution, he received international acclaim with the Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba (or National Folkloric Ensemble of Cuba) which allowed him to travel to France, Spain, and the United States. He also worked at the Cuban Institute of Ethnology and Folklore. He is recognized as a founder of Afro-Cuban rock due to his work with the Síntesis and their album, Ancestros (Ancestors). He also recorded with a group called Olorun. In the year of his death, he was awarded the Orden Félix Varela First Degree, Cuba's highest cultural honour.

References

Mario López-Goicoechea Obituary: Lázaro Ros. The Guardian. Wednesday March 16, 2005 [1] (accessed March 3, 2007)


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