Ibrahim Ferrer fue un cantante de son cubano, de voz pura y suave. He was born on February 20, 1927, in Santiago, Cuba. Orphaned at the age of 12, he started his first band at age 13. While Ferrer had some musical success in his native Cuba, he didn't become an international sensation until age 70, when he became part of the Buena Vista Social Club. The recording project—produced by Ry Cooder and filmed by Wim Wenders—received a Grammy Award and started a resurgence of interest in Afro-Cuban music. Ferrer died in 2005.