He was born in the city of Matanzas on Wednesday , November 8, 1905. Caíto is the diminutive of Cao , an appellation with which his father Don Manuel Díaz was known , married to Mrs. Margarita Alonso. His father worked the saddlery . The home is kept filled with ten children . From verychild is fond of the fishing and took advantage of the proximity of the sea to his residence , to turn in their work everyday , what they had begun as entertainment . Of way simultaneous I liked tired of music and played the maracas, acompasándolas with their singing. The guitarist José ManuelValera , a member of the Liberal Tuna, after to hear sing , I recommended to the director Valentin Cané . Caíto , given the prospect of better economic income , abandoned the chinchorro to devote himself with his whole soul to music .
When he entered the Tuna Liberal in 1926, by his voice soprano or falsetto ( called in Cuba Voice of old ) propitiated the change of name of the group to Sextet Soprano. It shook the maracas with amazing property , maracas made with great care , for their ingenuity . To your favorite friendsI used to give them a couple of maracas of their workmanship , as an unequivocal sign of friendship and affection . For the connoisseurs , in Cuba there have been three marakers of postín : Caíto , Ñico Saquito and Mario Recio . As a soloist he had his performances in the acetate with the Matancera . In total there were ten numbers :Pa’congrí by Calixto Leicea and Coquito acaramelao for RCA Victor; From branch to branch , a guaracha by Vinicio González . Cutting of pipe , guaracha M. Molinet , both recorded for the Panart in 1944. Rumbantela two versions , Conga in the street of Calixto Leicea , Rumbambaramba , theguaracha rumba also of Calixto for the Stinson and Papa Lazaro an issue with rhythm contagious , for the seal Barbaro , recorded in 1983. manner as providential as amazing , the last year of 2011, our friend and matancerólogo Mexican Arturo Yanez Vergara , discovered a new page in thevoice of the unforgettable Caíto : There is what to live the moment , bolero of the Mexican Miguel Angel Valladares , for the Panart label . Caíto with his timbred voice exalted the choir of the ensemble , which was another of the indelible qualities that have made the Matancera Sonora transcendental . Carlos Manuel in
several recordings played the drums , (he taught Alberto Beltran ), especially in rhythms of merengue . I was with one sapiencia dazzling . As well as the author is known the following topics : So is Borinquen ( Celio Gonzalez ), do not you boté (Tony Diaz ), today know thatcome back (Willy Rodríguez ) and Merengue arrimao (Celia Cruz). Personally, Caíto , was constituted in any one institution within the group . It was highly appreciated by all the public . I dare to affirm that was among the members of Sonora, the musician most loved by all the public . TheMention of his name among the Matanceromanía of all America , has been synonymous with simplicity , sympathy , and joviality .
At the beginning of the decade of the eighties , began to suffer one failure heart , which he kept in several opportunities to accompany to the group in theirhired tours . This mortified the director Don Rogelio too much , since the public always inquired insistently for Caíto . Besides , as we know , he was his endearing musical brother . Since then and by fortune , Caíto with his presence gave enhancement of apotheosis , to the performancesat Carnegie Hall and Central Park in New York in 1989, with the occasion of the 65 years old of the founding of the group . Then in a presentation in the city of Cali in June 1990, Caíto is visited by the angel of death , that as slowing heart refractory , it leads to that act in CoroMatancero Celestial, when I was in the city of New York, on Friday 28 of September of that same year . Carlos Manuel left an heir in Havana and a daughter in Mexico . With his last wife in the United States , I had offspring , though he lived with the children of her. Peace in his grave .
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