NICO ROJAS (b 1921 )
José Antonio (Ñico) Rojas Beoto was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1921. A civil engineer, guitarist and composer, he is one of the exponents of the so-called ‘Feeling’ trend in Cuban music, which brought about a revival in Cuban popular song in the 1940s. His works combine the sonority of the guitar with the complex rhythmic and melodic elements of Cuban traditional music. His language is defined by an improvisatory influence, and this is noticeable in re-expositions of themes and in passages where the melody combines with a free rhythm.