As a huge Breaking Bad Fan, I first heard Los Zafiros performing "He Venido". What a song!! Fell in love with the voices and latin guitar. I wondered who were these guys..So here is a bit of bio on the band and their fabulous music and dance moves.. Watch the He Venido video...
Los Zafiros (The Sapphires) were a Cuban close-harmony vocal group working from 1961 until 1970. The group was part of the filín (feeling) movement, inspired by American doo-wop groups such as The Platters. Their music was a fusion of Cuban genres, such as the bolero, with doo-wop, ballads, R&B, calypso, Bossa Nova and early rock and roll.
For those whose lives they deeply touched, Los Zafiros are legends. Music, history, and emotion fuel this dynamic, award-winning tribute to Los Zafiros, produced & directed by noted documentarian Lorenzo DeStefano.
As John, Paul, George and Ringo were forming the Beatles in Liverpool in the early 1960s, another band was coming together in the tough district of Cayo Hueso in Havana. Playing a brilliant mix of American inspired Doo Wop and traditional Latin forms, Los Zafiros, often referred to as “The Beatles of 1960s Cuba”, became a sensation in their native land and beyond before dissolving in the mid 1970s from the effects of the fast life, infighting and changing political and musical tastes.
Leoncio Morúa (Kike)
Miguel Cancio (Miguelito)
Ignacio Elejalde, a counter-tenor, in high register.
Eduardo Elio Hernández (El Chino)
Néstor Milí Bustillo, musical director and guitar.
later, Manuel Galbán (guitar) became musical director, and at times Oscar Aguirre (guitar) substituted.
Evocative archival films and recordings of the group are interwoven with newsreel footage that vividly parallels the Los Zafiros story with life in Cuba at the height of the Cold War. Engaging performance footage and interviews with family members, fellow artists, and friends create a stirring and definitive portrait of the original Sapphires for a whole new audience.
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