Enrique Jorrín

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Enrique Jorrín (Candelaria, Pinar del Río, December 25, 1926 - Havana, December 12, 1987) was a Cuban charanga violinist, composer and music director. Enrique Jorrín_sentence_0

He is considered the inventor of the cha-cha-chá, a popular style of ballroom music derived from danzón. Enrique Jorrín_sentence_1

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At an early age, his family moved to the El Cerro neighborhood of Havana, where Jorrín was to live for the rest of his life. Enrique Jorrín_sentence_2

At the age of 12, he began to show a particular interest in music and decided to learn the violin. Enrique Jorrín_sentence_3

He then pursued musical studies at the Municipal Conservatory of Havana. Enrique Jorrín_sentence_4

He started out as a violinist in the orchestra of Cuba's National Institute of Music, under the direction of González Mántici. Enrique Jorrín_sentence_5

In 1941, he became a member of the danzonera Hermanos Contreras. Enrique Jorrín_sentence_6

It was here that he became interested in popular music. Enrique Jorrín_sentence_7

Next, he joined the renowned charanga Antonio Arcaño y sus Maravillas. Enrique Jorrín_sentence_8

In the early 1950s, while a member of Ninón Mondéjar's Orquesta América, he created a new genre of dance music which became known as the cha-cha-chá. Enrique Jorrín_sentence_9

He lived in Mexico from 1954 to 1958 after a tour with the América. Enrique Jorrín_sentence_10

He and Félix Reina, the other violinist in the group, decided to stay. Enrique Jorrín_sentence_11

In 1964, he toured Africa and Europe with his orchestra- Orquesta de Enrique Jorrín. Enrique Jorrín_sentence_12

From 1964 onwards, he recorded extensively for the Cuban record label EGREM. Enrique Jorrín_sentence_13

In 1974, he organized a new charanga, which included singer Tito Gómez and pianist Rubén González. Enrique Jorrín_sentence_14

This orchestra is still active in Havana and includes many songs by Jorrín in their active repertoire. Enrique Jorrín_sentence_15

All his accomplishments were all fulfilled while raising his nephew Omar Jorrin Pineda, who grew up playing the piano for the orchestra as he got older. Enrique Jorrín_sentence_16

Omar Jorrin Pineda currently resides in a small Cuban community in New Jersey known to be Union City. Enrique Jorrín_sentence_17


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