Famed Salsa Singer Benny More to Have First Statue in Cuba

09 July 2004 12:00am

The first statue ever erected in Cuba to pay tribute to charismatic Cuban singer Benny More (1919-1963) –known locally by the moniker of “The Master of Rhythm”- will be unveiled this summer in his hometown province of Cienfuegos.

Cuban sculptor Jose Villa is now giving the finishing touches to a life-size, six-feet-tall statue of Benny More, architect Iran Millan, chief of the local Office of Monuments, said in a press conference.

Mr. More was a high-pitch tenor, a man of extraordinary vocal quality who stamped his own style and became a peerless songwriter and leader of his own band, all that by the seat of his pants.

His image will be cast in bronze, in a walking position and without a pedestal, resembling a simple pedestrian standing in the most bustling corner of Cienfuegos. The statue will feature Mr. More´s landmark broad-brimmed hat, cane and his oversize clothes.

Born as Bartolome Maximiliano More on August 24, 1919 in Santa Isabel de las Lajas (a location near the province of Cienfuegos), Benny More is now the recipient of a huge international music festival held in his hometown every two years and named after him.

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