Marta Valdés

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Marta Valdés (born July 6, 1934 in Havana ) is a Cuban singer-songwriter and guitarist.

life and work

Valdés studied guitar with Francisqueta Vallalta , Leopoldina Núñez and Vicente González and attended courses at the Seminario de Música Popular . In 1955 she wrote her first song Palabras . No es preciso was her first track recorded; Fernando Álvarez sang it in 1957. At the same time Vicentino Valdés recorded the title En la imaginación , the first of a long series of boleros such as Deja que siga sola , Tú dominas and No hagas caso . Her songs were subsequently sung by musicians such as Elena Burke , Bola de Nieve , Doris de la Torre and Cheo Feliciano .

In addition, Valdés also composed several music for theater and published books on folk music in Cuba. She wrote the score for the German-Cuban feature film Preludio 11 . As an interpreter she performed at festivals and concerts a. a. in Spain, Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil.

The CD Elena Burke canta a Marta Valdés was awarded the Síncopa de Plata . At the National Music Competition of the UNEC in 1985, Valdés received the prize for best incidental music for the music for Joaquín Lorenzo Luaces ' piece El becerro de Oro . In 1986 she received an award at the Festival de Teatro de Camaguey for her music for Federico García Lorca's piece La zapatera prodigiosa . In 2007 she received the National Music Prize for her complete oeuvre.


  • Música de Marta Valdés
  • Doce Boleros Míos
  • Nuestra Canción


  • El arreglo para guitarra y voz en la canción popular , 1994
  • Cancionero propio , 1995
  • Donde vive la música , 2004