Music: Forget Me Not

At 72, singer Ibrahim Ferrer at last finds fame

It's the sound of a lost world. Listen to the exquisitely romantic lilt of the voice floating out of Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer, and you can imagine the rakish young Cuban singer, decades ago, strolling the elegant boulevards of Havana. It was there that Ferrer first emerged as one of the acclaimed masters of son, the rural folk style that spawned mambo and salsa. Those were the golden days of Cuban music, before the revolution left many of the great artists of Ferrer's generation scraping to get by. Despite his skill, including a way of making the traditionally...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!