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José White

José White
Iraida Trujillo and María Victoria Oliver
Matanzas, Cuba: Ediciones Vigía
Vanderbilt University Special Collections

The 19th-century Afro-Cuban violinist, José White Lafitte, is celebrated in Vigía’s two-volume boxed set with a biography and a volume of his compositions for violin and concerto. His violin was the Stradavari 1737 “Swansong.”  His habanera, La Bella Cubana, has been recorded often and evokes the sounds of 19th-century Cuba. [This link is to a 1926 performance with images of old Habana.]

LA BELLA CUBANA (de Jose White Laffite) by EL TRIO CUBANO ( 1924)

José White Lafitte 2-volume boxed set