Cascarita

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Cascarita
Cascarita.jpg
Born September 14, 1920
Camagüey, Cuba
Died 1975 (aged 55)
Mexico City, Mexico
Nationality Cuban
Other names Orlando Guerra
Occupation Cuban popular music singer

Orlando Guerra [gayr'-rah] was a popular Cuban singer, specialized in native musical forms such as guaracha, pregón and son montuno. Affectionately nicknamed Cascarita, he was born on September 14, 1920 in Camagüey, the third-largest city of Cuba and the capital of Camagüey Province.

Guerra started his professional career in his native Camagüey and Havana in the early 1940s, and made his name singing in the orchestras of Hermanos Palau and Julio Cueva.[1] The owner of a highly personal style of vocalizing, he had an interesting sense of ease and graceful fluency to improvise, particularly interpreting guarachas, which gained him an important place in Cuban popular music history. He also became popular for his extravagant costumes and tangled sayings.[citation needed]

In 1943, Guerra recorded with the Orquesta Siboney of Pepito Torres in Puerto Rico.[2] Soon after, when fellow countryman singer Miguelito Valdés departed to the United States, Guerra replaced him in the Casino de la Playa orchestra.[3] It was through his personal recommendation that Dámaso Pérez Prado obtained the job of arranger-pianist of the orchestra. For those years, Pérez Prado had been blacklisted in Cuba from working as an arranger because his charts were "bizarre" and weird, according to many local musicians.[who?] He had gone about as far as he could working for Casino de la Playa, as Cascarita was more popular than the band. The records no longer came out under the title "Casino de la Playa, singing Cascarita", but "Cascarita accompanied by Casino de la Playa". [2]

Guerra recorded dozens of songs. Some of his greatest hits are "El baile del sillón, El caballo y la montura, Estoy acabando, Llora timbero, La ola marina, La pelotica, Piru, piru, pirulí, Se murió Panchita, Ta' bueno ya, La última noche" and "Uampampiro", among others. He settled in Mexico after touring Colombia, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

Cascarita died in Mexico City in 1975 at the age of 55.

Selected discography[edit]

  • Casino de la Playa
    • Azúcar pa'un amargao'
    • El baile del sillón
    • El caballo y la montura
    • Coge pa'la cola
    • Esto es lo último
    • Estoy acabando
    • Llora
    • La pelotica
    • Quiero un sombrero
    • Se murió Panchita
    • Son los bobitos
    • Tártara
    • La última noche
    • Un meneíto na'ma
    • Yo pico un pan
  • Julio Cueva
    • La butuba cubana
    • Camisa sin botones
    • Cerebro como plancha
    • Con la comida no se juega
    • El cuento del sapo
    • Desintegrando
    • El golpecito
    • Figurina del solar
    • No tengo tambó'
    • Ñéngere ñéngue
    • Pasito pa'lante
    • Pin pin
    • Piru, piru, pirulí
    • La rareza del siglo
    • Sabanimar
    • Sacando boniato
    • En tiempo de mangos
  • Hermanos Palau
    • Acomodando
    • Apriétame más
    • La ola marina
    • Mala maña
    • Perro huevero
    • Puntillita
    • Rosas del pensil
    • Sácale punta al lápiz
    • Ta' bueno ya
    • Tú verá' lo que tú va' ve
    • Uampampiro
    • Yo estoy aprendiendo inglés
  • Pepito Torres
    • Ladrón de gallinas
    • Llora timbero
    • Un brujo en Guanabacoa

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Cuba and its Music: from the first drums to the mambo – Ned Sublette Volume 1, page 554. Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Inc., first edition, 2004. English. ISBN 1-55652-632-6
  • Diccionario de la música cubana: biográfico y técnico – Helio Orovio, pages 229, 230. Publisher: Ed. Letras Cubanas, second edition, 1992. Spanish. ISBN 978-959-10-0048-4
  • Los contrapuntos de la música cubana – Cristóbal Díaz Ayala, page 123. Publisher: Ediciones Callejón, first edition, 2006. Language: Spanish. ISBN 1-881748-48-0

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