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<i>Buena Vista</i> Musician Compay Segundo, 95, Dies in Cuba - 2003-07-14

Award-winning Cuban musician Compay Segundo has died in Havana. He was 95.

Compay, whose real name was Maximo Francisco Repilado Munoz, won a Grammy as part of the popular Buena Vista Social Club recording, which compiled works from a number of traditional Cuban musicians.

A German filmmaker made a documentary of the same name about the musicians.

Compay was born in the eastern Cuban town of Siboney, learned the clarinet as a teenager, and played for years with a number of musicians.

He went on to form a duo called "Los Compadres," invented a seven-string guitar, and later headed a group named "Compay Segundo y sus Muchachos."

He died from kidney failure. His body is to be returned to the city of Santiago, where he lived as a boy.