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The album "José Martí, Versos de Cuba, Canciones de Libertad" is now available on digital platforms. Photo: Twitter.
The album 'José Martí, Versos de Cuba, Canciones de Libertad' is now available on digital platforms. Photo: Twitter.

A new music album celebrates the 170th birthday of José Martí

The album is titled 'José Martí, Versos de Cuba, Canciones de Libertad'

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The new album José Martí, Versos de Cuba, Canciones de Libertad is now available on digital platforms. To celebrate José Martí's 170th birthday, the album's 14 songs feature verses from the Cuban national hero performed by fellow Cubans Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, Albita Rodríguez, Lucrecia and Andy García, among others, and Spain's Antonio Carmona. 

The idea was the brainchild of producer Óscar Gómez and is based on Martí's Versos Sencillos (released in 1891). 

"In these verses poetry, humanity, and the political dimension of a man who gave his life for the independence of Cuba come together," a press release about the album reads.

Among the songs on the album are "Todo es hermoso," "Déjenme irme pa'l bohío," "Guantanamera," "Óyeme guajiro," "Un pueblo solo y cautivo," among others, revealed EFE.

Other artists participating on the album are Lissette, Alexis Valdés, Claudia Valdés, Aymeé Nuviola, Marisela Verena, Leslie Cartaya, Jorge Hernández, Nicole Samara, Roy Pinatel, Guadalupe Lancho, Javi López Rollan and Sarah Gómez.

According to the press release, the album will also be part of a musical show to be presented in the Fall in Miami.

In 1975, Pablo Milanés produced Versos de José Martí, an album with 12 songs set to music with texts by the Cuban poet and politician. Martí was born on Jan. 28, 1853 in Havana. He died in the Cuban War of Independence on May 19, 1895.

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