World famous Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer has died at the age of 78. He returned ill from a European tour, and his manager said he had suffered multiple organ failure. Ibrahim Ferrer started singing at the age of 14 and by the 1950s performed with well known Cuban bands but then slipped into obscurity. He was in his 70s working as a shoe shiner to supplement his state pension when he was catapulted to fame after being re-discovered by Texan guitarist Ry Cooder in 1997. Cooder had brought together a group of vintage Cuban musicians for his album Buena Vista Social Club. Two years later German film director Wim Wenders made a film about the group under the same name. Ibrahim Ferrer will be buried tomorrow.
Cuban star Ibrahim Ferrer dies