Arturo "Zambo" Cavero

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Arturo Cavero Velásquez
Arturo Zambo Cavero 2005.jpg
Background information
Birth nameArturo Cavero
Also known asZambo
Born29 November 1940
OriginLima - Perú
DiedOctober 9, 2009(2009-10-09) (aged 68)
Lima - Perú
GenresPeruvian Music
InstrumentsCajón 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


  1. ^ The Birthday of "Zambo Cavero" in the Peruvian News. Archived July 15, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Peruvian Music and its interpreters (La Música Criolla y Sus Representantes)". Archived from the original on 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2007-05-09.
  3. ^ Memorable night with Cavero at the Peruvian National Library Archived June 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Photo: Arturo "Zambo" Cavero with his Big Box". Archived from the original on 2007-05-02. Retrieved 2007-05-09.
  5. ^ Óscar Avilés and Zambo Cavero at the OAS, Washington, D. C. on YouTube
  6. ^ Peru's singer Arturo "Zambo" Cavero died today in Lima Isabel Guerra, Retrieved 9 October 2009.
  7. ^ Peru to declare National Mourning Day after Zambo Cavero's death Archived 2011-07-24 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Arturo 'Zambo' Cavero: Alma, corazon y vida