Arturo "Zambo" Cavero

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Arturo Cavero Velásquez
Background information
Birth name Arturo Cavero
Also known as Zambo
Born 29 November 1940
Origin Lima - Perú
Died October 9, 2009(2009-10-09) (aged 68)
Lima - Perú
Genres Peruvian Music
Occupation(s) interpreter
Instruments Cajón Guitarra Criolla

Arturo Cavero Velásquez (29 November 1940 – Lima, 9 October 2009), better known by the pseudonym "Zambo Cavero",[1] was an Afro-Peruvian singer, representative of Afro-Peruvian identity.[2]


Born in Lima, Peru, he was the son of Juan Cavero, of Huaral, and Digna Velásquez, of Cañete. His particular singing style captivated listeners, as his intensity had the feel of Peruvian creole taste.[3] Zambo Cavero specialised in performing traditional Peruvian waltz.[4] Some of his best performances are songs by Peruvian composers Augusto Polo Campos and Félix Pasache, others are renditions of traditional Peruvian creole music, which is Afro-Peruvian influenced. On June 3, 1987 Cavero, was honoured together with important Peruvian musicians like guitar player Óscar Avilés in Washington, D. C. by the Organization of American States.[5]

Arturo Cavero died from complications of sepsis in Hospital Edgardo Rebagliati, Lima, on 9 October 2009.[6] Peruvian President Alan García declared a day of national mourning.[7]


El Comercio newspaper has published his discography [8]

  • Arturo 'Zambo' Cavero
  • Siempre juntos
  • Siempre
  • Son nuestros
  • Contigo Perú
  • Unicos
  • Perú al Mundial
  • Siguen festejando juntos
  • Mueve tu cucú (EP)
  • Seguimos valseando festejos
  • Que tal trio