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Directed by Havana-born pianist Aida Diestro (1928-1973), Cuarteto d'Aida was one of Cuba's most successful singing groups of the 1950s and'60s. Originally featuring vocalists Omara and Haydee Portuondo, Elena Burke and Moraima Secada, Cuarteto d'Aida brought a new sensibility to Cuba's pop music with their sophisticated vocals and swing arrangements.

The popularity of Cuarteto d'Aida lifted the four women to international fame. They performed their songs for enthusiastic audiences in South and North America and Europe and recorded with influential Afro-Cuban trumpet player Arturo "Chico" O'Farrill. Burke, Secada and the Portuondo sisters rose from extremely impoverished backgrounds. When they made their first appearances on Cuban television, they wore homemade clothes.