Coralia López

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Coralia LópezCoralia López_header_cell_0_0_0
Birth nameCoralia López_header_cell_0_1_0 Juana Coralia López ValdésCoralia López_cell_0_1_1
BornCoralia López_header_cell_0_2_0 (1910-05-06)May 6, 1910

Old Havana, Havana, CubaCoralia López_cell_0_2_1

DiedCoralia López_header_cell_0_3_0 1993 (aged 82–83)

Havana, CubaCoralia López_cell_0_3_1

GenresCoralia López_header_cell_0_4_0 DanzónCoralia López_cell_0_4_1
Occupation(s)Coralia López_header_cell_0_5_0 Musician, bandleader, composerCoralia López_cell_0_5_1
InstrumentsCoralia López_header_cell_0_6_0 PianoCoralia López_cell_0_6_1
Associated actsCoralia López_header_cell_0_7_0 Cachao, Orestes LópezCoralia López_cell_0_7_1

Juana Coralia López Valdés (May 6, 1910 – 1993) was a Cuban pianist, bandleader and composer. Coralia López_sentence_0

Between 1940 and 1956 she directed her own charanga danzonera, being the first woman to direct any such orchestra in Cuba. Coralia López_sentence_1

During her career she composed many popular danzones such as "Llegó Manolo", "El bajo que come chivo", "Los jóvenes del agua fria" and the famous "Isora Club", which became a standard in the Latin music repertoire. Coralia López_sentence_2

Life and career Coralia López_section_0

Juana Coralia López Valdés was born in Havana, Cuba, on May 6, 1910, into a family of musicians. Coralia López_sentence_3

Her father, Pedro López, taught her music since she was child. Coralia López_sentence_4

Soon she was employed as a musician, choosing the piano as her preferred instrument. Coralia López_sentence_5

Her older brother, Orestes, nicknamed "Macho", was a multi-instrumentalist playing the bass, cello and piano, while her younger brother Israel, nicknamed "Cachao", specialized in the bass. Coralia López_sentence_6

Both Orestes and Israel joined Antonio Arcaño y sus Maravillas in the 1930s. Coralia López_sentence_7

Coralia, started her own orchestra in 1940, and the following year she debuted her composition "Isora Club", dedicated to one of the many clubs where she played with her band. Coralia López_sentence_8

It won the 1941 danzón contest organized by Radio Mil Diez. Coralia López_sentence_9

In 1943, the song was recorded by Arcaño, and many other covers would follow over the years, including Cachao's (1958, 1993), Orquesta Aragón's (1960) and Rubén González's (2000). Coralia López_sentence_10

Coralia's charanga featured flutist Edelmiro Pérez, güirist Alfredo Lazo, timbalero Armando Lazo, singer Rubén Cortada, bassist Pepito Seoani, and a violin section with Raúl Valdés, Jesús Lanza, Tomás Reisoto and Enrique Jorrín, who would later join the Maravillas, Orquesta América and in 1951 create the chachachá. Coralia López_sentence_11

Coralia's nephew, bassist Orlando "Cachaíto" López (son of Orestes), began his career in her band. Coralia López_sentence_12

Despite their many live performances and original compositions, the group never made a recording before their dissolution in 1956. Coralia López_sentence_13

Coralia López died in 1993, two years after the passing of her brother Orestes. Coralia López_sentence_14


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