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Many are the Cubans and foreigners, travelling to Siboney Beach, at 15 kilometres off the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, interested in the place where musician Compay Segundo was born, famous in the world for his Chan Chan piece.

Suddenly a friendly hand points at the restaurant La Rueda, which opened for more than 30 years for those who enjoy Creole food, in a pleasant atmosphere bathed by the breeze of the near sea.

In one of its visits, Francisco Repilado Muñoz wrote with his hand and letter in the bar of the terrace: “I was born in this place. Compay Segundo”, and following pointed out the day that marked the almanac, November 14, 2000.

Also at that time he wrote an inscription on a canvass with his picture: “For the friends of Siboney town.”

The neighbours live proud for being that coastal neighbourhood the cradle of the famous singer and composer but, much more, those who had the privilege of assisting him when he visited La Rueda, accompanied by his family and musicians back then, four days before his birthday.

Osvaldo, the cook of the place, prepares the varied daily menu, with dishes the musician liked very much like yucca with mojo, smashed dasheen, gumbo with meat, roasted pig, and pork cracklings.

From his hands sprout delights that pay homage to the outstanding artist, very demanded by clients, like pork steak, chicken, and salad Al Compay.

La Rueda will undergo restoration shortly, to give the crowded place an atmosphere that will remember Compay Segundo in each corner, with songs, videos, and personal belongings.

Many go to Siboney beach not just to enjoy the sea, but also to know first hand the place where on November 18, 1907, the musician from Santiago de Cuba that performed in Buena Vista Social Club, and the author of Macusa, Francisco Guayabal,  and Tula’s room, was born.

Source: AIN

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