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PASSINGS: Manuel Galban, George Kimball, Josef Suk
PASSINGS: Manuel Galban, George Kimball, Josef Suk

Manuel Galban Award-winning Cuban guitarist Manuel Galban, 80, a Grammy-winning Cuban guitarist who rose to international fame as a member of the Buena Vista Social Club, died Thursday of a heart attack in Havana. Born in 1931 in Gibara, in the eastern province of Holguin, Galban made his professional debut in 1944, according to his publicist. In 1963 he joined Los Zafiros, Spanish for "The Sapphires," which fused styles as varied as bolero, calypso and rock with Cuban filin music, which comes from the word "feeling." The group became one of the island's most popular until it disbanded in 1972. Galban spent the next three years as head of Cuba's national...

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