Buena Vista Social Club: Adios

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26 May 2017 (USA) See more »

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Untitled Buena Vista Social Club Documentary

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Buena Vista Social Club: Adios

The 1997 album ” Buena Vista Social Club: Adios ,” a sleeper hit that became a worldwide phenomenon, has sold nearly 1.9 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The timing of the album and the band’s subsequent tours had special significance in the United States, since the enthusiastic response to the record coincided with a loosening of U.S. embargo travel regulations for the purpose of cultural exchange under the Clinton Administration. That led the way for Cuban musicians to tour in this country at a pace not seen since the 1950s. Buena Vista Social Club played Carnegie Hall in 1998. Buena Vista Social Club: Adios

Since then, most of the best-known members,immortalized in an Oscar-nominated Buena Vista Social Club documentary by Wim Wenders, have passed away. And Cooder, who had recruited the seasoned artists with the help of Cuban bandleader Juan de Marcos, stepped away after recording solo albums with the charismatic vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer and other Buena Vista stars. Buena Vista Social Club: Adios .

As the tours continued over the next decade, Buena Vista evolved from a band to a brand, featuring different line-ups of multi-generational musicians. Although the orchestra was absent from the United States for seven years, like other Cuban artists kept out by President George W. Bush’s policies, it continued to attract audiences elsewhere. The group in its different configurations has performed over a thousand concerts with a total of over 40 musicians, according to Granma. Buena Vista Social Club: Adios

 Buena Vista Social Club: Adios

Although it’s been 16 years since the Buena Vista Social Club was introduced, there were cheers and gasps at the first notes of “Chan Chan,” the album’s opening track, at a September concert in Los Angeles. The group played an extensive U.S. 2013 fall tour and is currently performing in Europe. Buena Vista Social Club: Adios


On stage in L.A., Portuondo, who long before Buena Vista was one as of Cuba’s most celebrated female vocalists, flirted with band members and urged the audience to dance. Eliades Ochoa, on a return engagement with the show, lived up to his name of “Cuba’s Johnny Cash” in a black guayabera and cowboy hat, his tres guitar slung high on his chest. Portuondo and Ochoa, as well as original members trumpet player Guajiro Mirabal and Barbarito Torres, on laud, are also slated for the 2014-2015 farewell trek. Buena Vista Social Club: Adios

While the current show had the flavor of a classic Cuban music review, it had also moved on to spotlight the more expansive contemporary style of some of its younger members, like pianist Rolando Luna, and Pedro Pablo on bass. Before the end of the night, Buena Vista had the crowd at the Valley Performing Arts Center on its feet. Buena Vista Social Club: Adios  Buena Vista Social Club: Adios



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