Fidel Castro, Cuba's leader of revolution, died today at 90. More than half a century ago, his guerrilla army of “bearded ones” replaced Fulgencio Batista’s corrupt dictatorship with communist rule which challenged the US and turned the island into a cold-war crucible.He fended off a CIA-backed invasion at the Bay of Pigs in 1961 as well as many assassination attempts. His alliance with Moscow helped trigger the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, a 13-day showdown with the US that brought the world closer to the brink of nuclear war than it has ever been.
He first tried to overthrow General Batista in 1953, was imprisoned, exiled to Mexico, and then returned in 1956. He succeeded on January 1, 1959 and has dominated Cuba ever since – surviving 638 documented attempts by the CIA to kill him, and living through ten US presidencies.
Resigning due to ill health in February 2008, Castro handed over to his brother Raul and is now rarely seen in public. But he continues to loom large in Cuba - writing regular columns for Granma, the Communist Party newspaper, and meet visiting dignitaries.
"Chants De La Revolution Cubaine" collects some historic recordings relatetd to the revolution in Cuba in 1959.
- 1. - Fidel Est Arrivé [Rolando La Serie Y Et Son Orchestre] - 2:57"
- 2. - Partisans [Choeurs De Révolutionnaires Cubains] - 2:10"
- 3. - Vive La Revolution [Raúl Luzardo Et Le Trio Los Titanes] - 3:11"
- 4. - Sierra Maestra [Daniel Santos Et Son Ensemble] - 3:37"
- 5. - Parlons De La Revolution [Celina Et Reutillo] - 3:08"
- 6. - Les "Barbudos" [Orchestre Fajardos] - 2:30"
- 7. - Au Commandant Camacho [Los Yayaberos] - 3:07"
- 8. - Hymne De La Milice [Fanfarre De L'armée Rebelle] - 2:30"
VA - 1962 - Chants De La Revolution Cubaine
(192 kbps, cover art included)