The history of the Septeto Nacional is closely associated with one musician, Ignacio Piñeiro, an excellent sonero, singer and composer who lived in Pueblo Nuevo, the black quarter of the city. Even as a child, Ignacio Piñeiro sang in choirs and played drums with the Afro-Cuban cabildos. Then he formed his own first line up, Los Roncos, the Hoarse Ones, for which he composed choir music. In 1926, he played bass with the Sexteto Occidente, whose leader was Maria Teresa Vera.
Piñeiro traveled to New York with this sextet and on his return to Havana, he immediately set about making history with Son. In 1927, together with the troubadours Juan Ignacio de la Cruz Hermida, Bienvenido León Chacón and Alberto Villalon - who until then had performed as a trio - plus the tres player Francisco González and José Manuel Incharta on bongos, Piñeiro founded the Sexteto Nacional.
The fourth generation of the Septeto Nacional de Cuba can certainly stand up to comparison with the legendary band`s original lineup.
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