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ImageCompay Segundo of Buena Vista Social Club dies at 95

HAVANA -- Compay Segundo, the wiry, cigar-smoking musician who was nearing 90 when he soared from obscurity to worldwide fame with the "Buena Vista Social Club," has died in Havana. He was 95.

Compay, who performed in public less than a week before his death, died of kidney failure Sunday night, said his granddaughter, Frances Valeria Repilado.

Born Maximo Francisco Repilado Munoz, Compay carried traditional Cuban music to the world. He was honored with a Grammy as part of the "Buena Vista Social Club" in his 90th year and helped draw attention to other aging but talented Cuban musicians.

Compay set audiences dancing from Havana to Paris with hits such as "Chan Chan," which brought modern appeal to a musical genre that had largely been forgotten even at home in Cuba.
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