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Faustino Oramas (The Guayabero)

Faustino Oramas Osorio, minstrel, singer of Son and guaracha music, good known for "The Guayabero" he was born January 4 of 1911 in Holguin City.

Oramas family lacks musical tradition and young Faustino was under obligation to learn music in completely self taught form. Although his first work was in a printing, very soon the music's charm reclaimed him.

Faustino Oramas, began to the 15 years old with the sextet La Tropical as singer and playing the maracas, where he knew how to gather the best in the Creole tradition, to endow it of rhythmic compasses and to aggregate it naughty improvisations.

In fact of those distant times his good known composition of 1938, comes and of there even his nickname of The Guayabero; he loved to tell the anecdote: “The people calls me this way thanks to a darl blond woman. Or rather to a jealous husband of a place of East call Guayabero where I went to sing to earn me a living and I almost found the death.

She was attentive with me and people of the bar told the gossip to her husband, a gross police of those of before. Well, so there’s no point me telling you. I broke into a run with the musicians and walking in the road the song came out”, that it says in its refrain "In Guayabero, mum, they want to hit me! / In Guayabero, mom, they want to hit me!".

After having created this composition, "nothing else and anything less than Pacho Alonso requests this song to selfsame Faustino Oramas. First he recorded it with Bocucos and later he mounted it with his orchestra and he put it to travel world in the decade of the 60."

It was then that The Guayabero was born for people. Later, the radio station CMKO that transmitted from Holguin a live program, opened a space to the guarachas and the authentic Creole repertoire of Faustino Oramas.

Faustino Oramas, of humble origin, but always with good dress sense, he singled the minstrel's image dressed up with smart suit, tie and cantonié hat, this last one in fashion in Cuba in age of 1920-1930, more the inseparable guitar under his arm.

However, the great artistic merits of this country artist, his contribution to the rescue of the musical roots of Holguin City and the troubadour tradition and genuine contributions to the musical humor, they were not recognized until after the victory of the revolution in Cuba.

Faustino Oramas, prizewinning with the distinctions: Félix Varela, For the National Culture, Holguin Axe, symbol of The City, the Shield of The City of Holguin and the National Prize of the Humor 2002, which he shows with pride in the front of the jacket, he says naughtily that the people attribute a double meaning to his songs.

But in spite of so many acknowledgments, there wasn’t in Holguin City an institution dedicated especially to pay desert tribute to the biggest juggler and his music, until the Direction of Culture in the county of Holguin decided to dedicate him the House of Trova that from then it’s called it The Guayabero.

This incredible and unforgettable minstrel teacher and native jongleur of Holguin, as Silvio Rodríguez classified him, and remembered by all the Cubans, he dies with 95 year-old in Holguin City, his native town, because of a painful illness "cancer."