Born in La Habana the 14 of October, 1928 and died 13 of June 1996 in La Habana, Cuba.
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Valdés was born in the Cayo Hueso neighborhood in Havana on 14th October 1928. When she was twelve years old, and without her parents´consent, she applied to compete in "The Supreme Court of Art" (a programme that launched the careers of many musicians); she sang two pieces: "Babalú", a theme popularised by Miguelito Valdés, and "La negra Mercé" by Ernesto Lecuona. She was granted an award, the first of many.
It was a return to recording after a long absence from the studio, and the first of four albums of Yoruba-roots influenced music. The album won an EGREM prize. Aché is the Cuban spelling of Ase the Orisha term for "life power", and Valdés herself was sometimes known by the nickname "Little Aché".
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Written-By – Gilberto Valdés
Written-By – Eliseo Grenet
Written-By – Facundo Rivero
No Llora Ma
Written-By – Mercedes P. de Douglas
Written-By – Frank Domínguez
Written-By – Alberto Zayas
Adolfo Guzmán (tracks: A1-A6),
Rafael Somavilla (tracks: A1-A6)
Isúpo Iragüó* (tracks: B1-B7)
Percussion, Directed By
Jesús Pérez (tracks: B1-B7)
Con la orquesta dirigida por Adolfo Guzmán y Rafael Somavilla el cuarteto "Los Bucaneros" y el grupo "Isúpo Iragüó" dirigido por Jesús Pérez
B1-B6: Dominio Público
Mercedítas Valdes (LP, Album, Mono)
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