For many years Candido Fabre was the popular front man of the Orquesta Original de Manzanillo, but he has been pursuing a solo career for quite a while now. As a matter of fact, 'Carretero' is already Fabre's sixth album for the British Tumi Music label. Candido recorded 'Carretero' in his own studio in Manzanillo, resulting in an excellent collection of son (opener 'Ayaca', immediately setting the tone for the rest of the album, title track 'Carretero', 'Yo No Viro Los Canones', 'Manzanillo'...), bachata ('No Lloro Y Canto', 'La Copa Vacia', 'Diosito Santo') and charanga ('La Curandero', 'Formell', 'Hello Baby'...). 'Helo Baby', all the way at the end of the track also available in a Latin-pop version featuring Laritza Bacalla and JG, and in which Fabre in broken English makes a call to his daughter who has migrated to the United States (?), both put a smile on our face and a tear in our eyes. And isn't that exactly what good Cuban music should be all about?