"I don't provide solutions, but am rather a kind of sniper. I
feel like a sniper when I am composing my music. From my
fairly comfortable position, I shoot at whatever I want." ---- Frank Delgado, Singer-songwriter  

Frank Delgado
Photo courtesy of Frank Delgado
  Frank Delgado was born in 1960. He grew up with the Revolution and within the tradition of the Nueva Trova, and emerged as a songwriter. In recent years he has made his mark on the Cuban landscape as a singer-songwriter, and a musical contributor to debate on contemporary Cuban society. Frank describes himself simply as a "trovador Cubano" and a "sniper" whose rifle delivers biting and often hilarious social commentary and criticism.
  Frank Delgado is virtually unknown in the United States, but has played before audiences in Europe, Latin America and Africa. He states that he received his first international reviews in the German press in the late 1980s. He adds that he never knew whether the reviews were favorable or not, being published as they were in German.
  Interview With Frank Delgado © 1998 - Louis Head
  Special thanks to Tony Quiñones and Luis "Jazz Buffalo" Moreno for assisting in these translations.

His upbringing and personal history

His musical influences

The atmosphere of the 1960s in Cuba on him and his music

Becoming a professional musician

How he views his music

Examples of his songs

His views on Cuba

Conditions confronting Cuban musicians and artists

How his music is received in Cuba

The United States

  To Contact Frank Delgado:
    Frank Delgado (Cuba)   Frank Delgado (Argentina)
    Calle 172 No. 120   Aviador Bradley 6980
    e/ 1ra y 3ra   Ciudad Jardín - El Palomar
    Municipio Playa   Provincia de Buenos Aries, Argentina
    La Habana, Cuba   Telephone/Fax: 54 1 758-8309
    Telephone: 53 7 21 39 49   Email: frankgrabriela@sinectis.com.ar
    Email: frankdelgado@hotmail.com    
  Website: http://come.to/Delgado

La Nueva Trova Cubana

Since the early 19th Century musical bards of social chronicle in Cuba called trovadores (troubadours) have played a major cultural role within families, communities and throughout the society. With the Revolution there emerged a grouping of young and often critical singer-songwriters who saw in themselves the continuation of this tradition under entirely new social circumstances. In the late 1960s with the backing of important Cuban leaders such as Haydée Santamaría, the Centro de la Canción Protesta (Political Song Center) of La Casa de Las Américas and Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC (Experimental Sound Collective of the Cuban Film Institute) were born. These efforts gave rise to the Movimiento de la Nueva Trova (New Song Movement), which became a very important Cuban cultural institution. The Nueva Trova achieved international recognition in great part due to the contributions of and high level of exposure provided to Silvio Rodríguez and Pablo Milanés.