Trio Matamoros

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Trío MatamorosTrio Matamoros_header_cell_0_0_0
Background informationTrio Matamoros_header_cell_0_1_0
OriginTrio Matamoros_header_cell_0_2_0 Santiago, CubaTrio Matamoros_cell_0_2_1
GenresTrio Matamoros_header_cell_0_3_0 Trio Matamoros_cell_0_3_1
Years activeTrio Matamoros_header_cell_0_4_0 1925-1961Trio Matamoros_cell_0_4_1
LabelsTrio Matamoros_header_cell_0_5_0 Victor, SeecoTrio Matamoros_cell_0_5_1
Past membersTrio Matamoros_header_cell_0_7_0 Miguel Matamoros

Rafael Cueto Siro RodríguezTrio Matamoros_cell_0_7_1

The Trío Matamoros was one of the most popular Cuban trova groups. Trio Matamoros_sentence_0

It was formed in 1925 by Miguel Matamoros (8 May 1894 in Santiago de Cuba – 15 April 1971; guitar), Rafael Cueto (14 March 1900 in Santiago de Cuba – 7 August 1991; guitar) and Siro Rodríguez (9 December 1899 in Santiago de Cuba – Regla, 29 March 1981; maracas and claves). Trio Matamoros_sentence_1

All three were singers and composers. Trio Matamoros_sentence_2

The group was originally called Trio Oriental, but changed their name to Trio Matamoros in 1928 upon the discovery that another group already claimed the Trio Oriental name. Trio Matamoros_sentence_3

The Trío Matamoros played boleros and son. Trio Matamoros_sentence_4

They toured all Latin America and Europe and recorded in New York. Trio Matamoros_sentence_5

In 1940 Guillermo Portabales performed with the trio. Trio Matamoros_sentence_6

Matamoros expanded the trio into a conjunto (Conjunto Matamoros) for a trip to Mexico and hired the young Beny Moré as singer from 1945 to 1947. Trio Matamoros_sentence_7

They recorded many 78 rpm records and LPs; some of their output is available on CDs. Trio Matamoros_sentence_8

The group were renowned for the harmony of their voices, and the quality of the lyrics. Trio Matamoros_sentence_9

The group is considered a "seminal group in the rise of 'son'." Trio Matamoros_sentence_10

Throughout the nearly four decades that it was active, the group re-configured itself into many musical variations and acts as a quartet, septet, orchestra, etc. Trio Matamoros_sentence_11

Miguel Matamoros was one of the greatest and most prolific composers of Cuban son. Trio Matamoros_sentence_12

His first hit was "El que siembra su maíz" (He who sows his corn), followed by classics such as "Lágrimas negras" (Black tears) and "Son de la Loma." Trio Matamoros_sentence_13

The group, whose members stayed together for 35 years, announced their disbandment in May 1961. Trio Matamoros_sentence_14

Their last concert had taken place in New York the year before. Trio Matamoros_sentence_15

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