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Ferrer Peforms in Santo Domingo

June 22, 2002

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) _ A Dominican audience cheered, yelled, whistled and laughed as Cuban music veteran Ibrahim Ferrer gave a two-hour performance of wit, spontaneous verses and traditional Cuban music.

The 75-year-old Ferrer, accompanied by the Buena Vista Social Club, entertained the packed crowd Thursday night, dancing nonstop and spontaneously reinventing verses to old favorites.

``I feel like I’m in Cuba,″ Ferrer said during the performance at the elegant National Theater.

His songs, many of which are included in the Buena Vista Social Club album produced by Ry Cooder, included genres like Cuban son, boleros, son montuno, and guaguanco.

The 15-member Buena Vista Social Club band included legendary base player Cachaito Lopez, Guajiro Mirabal on trumpet, Demetrio Muniz on trombone and Roberto Fonseca on piano.

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