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Google Doodle Maria Teresa Vera: Who is Maria Teresa Vera?

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Today, Google is celebrating Maria Teresa Vera’s 125th birthday with Google Doodle. Google honors the life and work of Cuban singer and guitarist Maria Teresa Vera. She composed the national rural folk song style trova. She used to be known as the Grande dame of Cuban music and is widely regarded as a great musician of the country.

As far as her life is concerned, she was born on this day (February 6th) 1895 in Guanajay, Cuba. She became part of a community of Trova musicians of the country at a very young age and learned guitar. This bohemian community used to be called Troubadours and they taught Vera to compose songs. Vera also learned how to perform Trova lyrical vocals along with guitar with this community. She delivered her first concert at Politeama Grande Theater, Havana.

At the age of 21, she formed a duo with Rafael Zequeira in 1916 and it ended in 1924 when the later died. She learned more about guitar and composing. She, then, founded a musical group called Sexteto Occidente along with 5 other talented musicians.

In 1935, alongside Lorenzo Hierrezuelo, she formed a duet and they worked together till she retired in 1962. The habanera Veinte años is considered to be one of the best compositions of Vera and it has been performed many popular artists of the country from time to time. A bolero–son and Sólo Pienso en ti are widely praised composition of Vera. She made a TV appearance in El Casino de la Alegría and she retired in 1962.

She is referred to as “musician’s musician” and in the early 1900s, when she was in her prime time she showed the world how a woman can do phenomenal things in the music and singing. Vera died at the age of 70 in 1965 and in her honor there is a theater named after her at her hometown.

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