Manuel ‘Guajiro’ Mirabal (Trumpet)
Guajiro has been a key figure in the Cuban music scene for over 50 years and has played with just about every Cuban star you could care to mention. During World Circuit’s now legendary recording blitz in Havana in 1996, Guajiro featured on all three of these seminal albums: Afro-Cuban All Stars “A Toda Cuba Le Gusta”, “Buena Vista Social Club™”, and “Introducing Rubén González”.
Having been an integral part of many albums in the Buena Vista series and a key member of Ibrahim Ferrer’s touring band, Guajiro released his debut solo album, the Latin Grammy nominated “Buena. Vista Social Club™ Presents Manuel Guajiro Mirabal” in 2004.
Jesús ‘Aguaje’ Ramos (MD, Trombone, Vocals)
He was born in 1951 in Pinar del Rio where he began his musical studies in the National School of Arts. He started playing the trombone in local groups until 1979 when he moved to Havana and began playing with the great female quartet Los D’Aida. That same year he took part in the “Estrellas de Areito” recordings. Aguaje has played on the World Circuit recordings of the Buena Vista Social Club™ and Afro-Cuban All Stars, and the solo albums of Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González and Omara Portuondo. He was Rubén González’s musical director and he has been touring extensively
since 1997 with the various Buena Vista Social Club™ projects.
Barbarito Torres (Laúd)
Barbarito’s professional career started in 1970 with Serenata Yumunina, a group led by Higinio Mullens. In three years he was discharged and travelled with Siembra Cultural, later renamed Grupo Yarabi. Eventually he settled in Havana and became a permanent member of Orquesta Cubana de Cuerdas. Later he joined Celina Gonzalez and her Grupo Campoalegre as their musical director; at the same time, he was featured with Grupo Manguare, recording and touring with both groups.
Barbarito is well known for his contribution with the Afro Cuban All Stars and the Buena Vista Social Club™. Both ensembles won a number of awards, including a Grammy for the Buena Vista Social Club album in 1998. Since Buena Vista project Barbarito continued with his solo career touring around the world wth his group. In 1999 his first solo album “Havana Café” is released and in 2003 “Barbarito Torres”.