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BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Singer Ferrer buried in Havana

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Singer Ferrer buried in Havana Singer Ferrer buried in Havana
By Stephen Gibbs
BBC News, Havana

A funeral has been held in Havana for the Cuban musician Ibrahim Ferrer.

Ferrer, who died on Saturday at the age of 78, was a lead singer with the Grammy award winning group the Buena Vista Social Club.

The band found international fame in the late 1990s, after being promoted by the US guitarist Ry Cooder, and featuring in a film by Wim Wenders.

Ibrahim Ferrer is the third elderly member of the band to die in the last two years.

A recording of the voice of Ibrahim Ferrer was heard at his own funeral for around 200 of his friends and family who had come to say a final goodbye.

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