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Legendary Cuban musician Cesar Portillo dies

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Havana, May 5 (EFE).- Legendary Cuban musician Cesar Portillo, one of the island's best known composers, died in Havana, state media reported. He was 90.

Portillo, who composed the hits "Contigo en la distancia" and "Tu mi delirio," died on Saturday, the AIN news agency reported.

He was one of Cuba's most prolific composers and one of the great promoters of the bolero.

Portillo founded the "filin" musical movement, inspired by the Hispanization of the English word "feeling," along with Jose Antonio Mendez and other Cuban musicians.

The movement revived the bolero in the 1950s, incorporating jazz harmonies and melodies.

Portillo's "well known work as an author enriched the heritage of Cuban and universal song with pieces like 'Contigo en la distancia' and 'Tu mi delirio,' both with more than 100 versions," AIN said.

Portillo's songs were performed by stars like Nat King Cole, Pedro Infante, Jose Jose, Lucho Gatica, Luis Miguel, Placido Domingo, Caetano Veloso and Cristina Aguilera.

The musician will be cremated and a memorial service will be held in Havana on Monday.

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