Faustino Oramas, the last surviving member of a comic street music tradition popular in the Oriente region of eastern Cuban, died Tuesday of liver cancer aged 95 in his hometown of Holguin, eastern Cuba.

Cuban state television said acting president Raúl Castro had sent a floral wreath to Oramas' funeral service.

Oramas, known artistically as El Guayabero, was the oldest musician still performing in Cuba, and had recorded dozens of songs since joining his first band, La Tropical Band, in 1926 aged 15.

By the 1940s he was writing the saucy, picaresque songs full of corrosive double meanings that were his hallmark. El Guayabero recorded with several Cuban labels through the years, and in 1998 recorded the 12-song CD "El Tren De La Vida," with Spain's Eurotropical label (an imprint of the Canary Islands-based Manzana Discos).

El Guayabero sung his risqué lyrics in a lazy sluggish way alongside his lively three-chord "tres" guitar and with tropical wind backing. Among his best-known songs were "Cómo Baila Marieta," "En Guayabero" and "Trigueñita Del Alma."

El Guayabero was also recognized for a series of medals he always wore on his chest. They were not the result of any war heroics, but cultural awards presented by several past governments, including the coveted Felix Varela cultural award from Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro.