Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Polo Monta�ez - Guajiro Natural (Cuba 2000)

Polo Monta�ez - Guajiro natural (Cuba 2000)

Born: June 05, 1955, San Crist�bal, Habana, Cuba
Died: November 26, 2002 //

- Guajiro Natural (2000).
- Guitarra M�a (2002).
- Memoria (2004).

Track Listing:
01. Guajiro Natural
02. Canten
03. Donde estar�
04. Si se enamora de mi
05. Un bolero06. Mi mejor amiga
07. Barca a la deriva
08. Un mont�n de estrellas
09. Quien ser�
10. Amanece el nuevo a�o
11. Como ser� ma�ana
12. Si fuera m�a
13. Guajiro natural.(Versi�n Extendida)

Polo Monta�ez (June 5, 1955 - November 26, 2002) was a Cuban singer and songwriter.
Monta�ez was born Fernando Borrego Linares in Sierra del Rosario, Pinar del R�o, in a farm known as El Brujito. At an early age he worked various jobs including driving a tractor, milking cows, making coal, assisting on the family farm, and as a lumberjack. In his spare time, Monta�ez would go from house to house singing and later began to sing in local parties and family gatherings.
In 1994, Monta�ez formed his own ensemble of family and friends. He quickly became the house act at a resort in the nearby touristic community of Las Terrazas, and in 1999, Monta�ez signed with European record label Lusafrica after being discovered by one of their directors that was staying at the resort.
Monta�ez had his biggest success in March 2000 with his first CD "Guajiro Natural" and the song "Un mont�n de Estrellas". He became known as the Guajiro Natural (Natural Countryman) because of his humble personality and songs about the peasant life in Cuba.
Polo Monta�ez died on November 26, 2002, six days after being hospitalized in the Carlos J. Finlay Military Hospital, as a result of a tragic car accident in the Coronela zone near San Crist�bal, Pinar del R�o. The Centro Cultural (Cultural Centre) on the main square in Vi�ales, Pinar del Rio, is named in his memory.
~ From Wikipedia.
Polo Monta�ez has left us
The charismatic singer dies as a result of a traffic accident on Wednesday, November 20
See also: Interview: "I Always Go Back Home" (Granma International, 02 Nov. 2002)
DESPITE the tremendous efforts by doctors to save him, 47-year-old Fernando Borrego (Polo Monta�ez), one of Cuban music's most charismatic artists of recent years, died at 11:20 p.m. on November 26 at the Carlos J. Finlay Military Hospital. His death was the result of a lamentable traffic accident that occurred on Wednesday, November 29 when he was returning by car from the capital to his home in San Crist�bal, Pinar del R�o province.
It was an agonizing week in which people followed news on his grave condition by the minute. Day and night, from one end of the island to the other, Cubans demonstrated their solidarity and expressed their most fervent hopes for the artist's recovery. But he was unable to survive the serious brain trauma and the ensuing complications of such a precarious condition.
Granma daily has received many tributes to Polo's brief but meteoric musical career from both home and abroad. Shortly before his death, a letter from Italy described affirmed: "A man like him - of the people, modest and ordinary - knows how to win everybody's affection. He's in all our hearts and we are proud of him."
Polo Monta�ez burst upon the island's musical scene like a bolt of lightning. In under a year - in the second half of 2001 - he rose to the top of Cuban radio stations' hit lists with "Un mont�n de estrellas" (A Mountain of Stars). With this and other songs from his first CD Guajiro natural (Natural Countryman) he won over the Colombian public and made inroads into other Latin American countries and Western Europe.
His surprising and, at the same time, powerful ride on the crest of the Cuban musical wave and his incessant international success was accompanied by a type of legendary mystique fueling the tale of a guajiro who charmed the world with his simple, moving music.
And his patriotic feelings led him to set to music the poems of Antonio Guerrero, one of the five Cubans imprisoned in the United States.
Polo Monta�ez' second CD on the Lus�frica label was released in May; Guitarra m�a (My Guitar) established him among us, building upon his achievements during the last two months of spring when he filled stadiums and plazas the length and breadth of the country.
Of late, the singer had enjoyed Puerto Rican Gilberto Santarrosa's splendid version of "Un mont�n de estrellas". And he was preparing to continue touring abroad to promote his second disc.
~ By PEDRO DE LA HOZ -Granma daily staff writer-

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