HAVANA TIMES, Sept. 30 — This is the centennial year of the birth of Cuba’s great singer Bola de Nieve and special concerts are taking place during the year to celebrate the occasion. Sunday is also the 40th anniversary of his passing.
Ignacio Jacinto Villa Fernandez (Bola de Nieve) nació en Guanabacoa, Havana on September 11, 1911 and died in Mexico City on Oct. 2, 1971. A natural born talent, his hands transformed the piano into a dialogue of emotions with his voice.
On Sunday Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. the theater of the Museum of National Fine Arts has a program remembering Bola de Nieve that includes singers Beatriz Márquez, Anaís Abreu, Adriano Rodríguez, Pablo Santamaria and the Coro Entre Voces directed by Digna Guerra. The instrumentalists include the young sensations Yasek Manzano (trumpet) and Rolando Luna (piano).