VOCALIST SUREDA DEAD AT 85
Legendary Cuban singer Láito Sureda
has died in a Havana hospital of respiratory
failure. He was 85.
Sureda was a star of the "bolero" form
of romantic ballad in the '40s and '50s,
working with orchestras and groups such
as Sonora Matancera, America, and Cuba
Habana. He fell into obscurity after the
1959 revolution but was "rediscovered"
along with many of his contemporaries
in the mid-'90s, when Compay Segundo and
Vieja Trova Santiaguera performed his
In 1996, he formed a band, Láito
y Su Sonora, and signed to Spanish indie label
Eurotropical, which is to release a posthumous
studio album recorded this year.
-- Howell Llewellyn, in Madrid