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Buena Vista Social Club

The Buena Vista Social Club was the name of a members-only music club in Havana, Cuba that was at its height duringthe 1940s. In the late 1990s Wim Wenders made a movie upon the initiative of Ry Cooder called “The Buena Vista SocialClub.” Wenders film centered on Ry Cooder’s efforts to find and reunite some of the musicians who had performed at thelong closed club. The film also portrays sessions from the production of the album released in 1997 also titled Buena VistaSocial Club. Both movie and album were highly successful, and expanded the reach of Cuban music around the world. ...read more

The Buena Vista Social Club was the name of a members-only music club in Havana, Cuba that was at its height duringthe 1940s. In the late 1990s Wim Wenders made a movie upon the initiative of Ry Cooder called “The Buena Vista SocialClub.” Wenders film centered on Ry Cooder’s efforts to find and reunite some of the musicians who had performed at thelong closed club. The film also portrays sessions from the production of the album released in 1997 also titled Buena VistaSocial Club. Both movie and album were highly successful, and expanded the reach of Cuban music around the world.

Highly praised during the 40s and 50s, the rediscovery of the Buena Vista Social Club and the populartity of the film andthe album had positive impact on Cuban musicians throughout the world. If it was not for the initiative of Ry Cooder andWenders, much of the world would not have had this insight into Cuba’s rich musical history, and insight into the simpleway of life of these otherwise forgotten musicians.

October 2008 saw the release of the Carnegie Hall concert on World Circuit Records, and previously unreleased materialbeing made available on the band’s website and MySpace pages. « hide

Similar Bands: Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder, Cesaria Evora, Compay Segundo

LPs
Buena Vista Social Club
1997

4.1
131 Votes
Live Albums
At Carnegie Hall
2008

4.4
7 Votes

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