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Buena Vista Social Club

Less a band than an assemblage of some of Cuba's most renowned musical forces, Buena Vista Social Club's origins lie with noted American guitarist Ry Cooder, who in 1996 traveled to Havana to seek out a number of legendary local musicians whose performing careers had largely ended decades earlier with the rise of Fidel Castro. Recruiting the long-forgotten likes of singer Ibrahim Ferrer, guitarists/singers Compay Segundo and Eliades Ochoa, and pianist Rubén González, Cooder entered Havana's Egrem Studios to record the album Buena Vista Social Club; the project was an unexpected commercial and critical smash, earning a Grammy and becoming the best-selling release of Cooder's long career. In 1998 he returned to Havana with his son, percussionist Joachim, to record a solo LP with Ferrer; the sessions were captured on film by director Wim Wenders, who also documented sell-out Buena Vista Social Club live performances in Amsterdam and New York City. (Wenders' film, also titled Buena Vista Social Club, earned an Academy Award nomination in 2000.) The public's continued interest in Cuban music subsequently generated solo efforts from Segundo and González, as well as a series of international live performances promoted under the Buena Vista Social Club aegis. A concert CD, At Carnegie Hall, drawn from the same triumphant show that Wenders featured in his documentary, was released in 2008 -- a few years after the deaths of Segundo, Ferrer, and González. In the spring of 2015, Nonesuch/World Circuit released Lost and Found, a collection of unreleased tracks from the 1996 Egrem and 2000 recording sessions, as well as live tracks. A group containing some of the original members called Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club continued to tour, and their farewell tour took place that year. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Lost And Found

1. Bruca Manigua (Live)

2. Macusa

3. Tiene Sabor

4. Bodas De Oro

5. Black Chicken 37

6. Habanera

7. Como Fue

8. Guajira En F

9. Quiereme Mucho

10. Pedacito De Papel

11. Mami Me Gusto

12. Lagrimas Negras

13. Como Siente Yo

14. Ruben Sings

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Track List: Buena Vista Social Club

1. Chan Chan

2. De Camino A La Vereda

3. El Cuarto De Tula

4. Pueblo Nuevo

5. Dos Gardenias

6. Y Tu Que Has Hecho

7. Veinte Años

8. El Carretero

9. Candela

10. Amor De Loca Juventud

11. Orgullecida

12. Murmullo

13. Buena Vista Social Club

14. La Bayamesa

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Track List: Live At Carnegie Hall

Disc 1

1. Chan Chan (Live)

2. De Camino A La Vereda (Live)

3. El Cuarto De Tula (Live)

5. Buena Vista Social Club (Live)

6. Dos Gardenias (Live)

Disc 2

1. Orgullecida (Live)

3. Siboney (Live)

4. Mandinga (Live)

5. Almendra (Live)

6. El Carretero (Live)

7. Candela (Live)

8. Silencio (Live)

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Track List: Macusa (Single)

1. Macusa

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U hear the talent thank u, how delicious
, I cannot stop wanting more!
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Espanol. La lengua del romance.
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Chico and Rita, kisses
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It deep in my soul
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Everyone should hear this ,what a gift from GOD to all!
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Hablar de musica, es hablar de Cuba, soy Boricua y llevo a Cuba en mi corazon. Me Encanta su musica y sus interpretes. Dios te bendiga mucho, Cuba.
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Don't forget the contribution s of Cuban musician Juan de Marcos González in bringing together the BVSC and perfecting their sound. The rise of Castro has nothing to do with these musicians flagging careers. Musical tastes change and sometimes they come back with a mighty roar just like it did with the BVSC.
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We also saw the group that toured the US - was amazing
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I went to Cuba and I heard this songs being played in the cafes - so cool - thank you Mr Cooder
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delasvenson
amazing talent in CUBA ..so glad we can welcome them back to rest of the world. such a waste of talent and beautiful people with beautiful hearts . All of them not just the musicians . As a boricua we share more than a flag (colors inverted of course) we share a genre that eventually became Salsa .
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La musica es mi corazon..... . . . . : - ) . . . . .
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ultravenia
¡apago la vela!
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Ke rico
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So deliciouso,g r a c i a s , u suffered so long,but u will live on!
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En micuba se baila y se canta mana tarde y noche y como santiago de cuba no hay mejor rumba chico
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amazing
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Me gusta la musica cubana y su jente son lo maximo. Lucy
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Me fasinan, son lo maximoooo. Y punto....
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Unbelievable ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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marshpierce
Fantastic!
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I wish I could assemble these soulful musician in my club. It'll be a black and white attire and the women with long beautiful gowns.
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You mep
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Que vivaaa mi Cuba que musicos madre mis Cuba love you mucis
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Amore
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Can u imagine live,wow and that son o-a bit ch kept this ,these fabulous musicisions from the world,my heart aches,for what they lostand the world ,u b**tard may u fry......... . . .
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Amazing! just as great- live as on the CD.
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forumtek
lovely
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Sex,so delicious,u hear this track and all I can see and hear is 2 bodies
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This embodies their take on the tango,thank u for this gift mankind
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Esooooo essssss musicaaaa
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Hi,
Love this groupo, I've purchased the CD several times, mine keep disappearing , mostly after my friends here it.
The Cuba captured artist's in this group have been a treasure to Cuba, and I'm ever grateful that isn't so anymore.
The entire group have escaped long ago within the music they create.
I love you.
Bendisiones.
Wlo, de Vieques PR
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Te gusta mucho!
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letimorales4 2 2 9
I love that music
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Love. A story of threw music. ����
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Que ritmo y sabor...orgu l l o nuestro...!
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Love the music,food and spirit. Puts me in a very good mood when I hear the music!!!!
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Angelo W.

You mentioned several of the members of the group but left out Otmara Portuondo. She is also a member of the group and appeared in Ray Cooder's movie/docume n t a r y . She is one of the interpreters in the Veinte Años on the CD.
Soy Cubano y esta musica me trae muy buenos recuerdos.

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spots13
I am cubian and i love my music and i play my music and i love my cubian food too.
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Thank you for your musical talents!
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gowesttoday
way too many ads
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The beauty that these Gentlemen have given the world,heaven ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Wish I could speak this language
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unmilkedcow
This joyful music makes want to visit Cuba. The people there most be happy in spite of their difficult circumstance s .
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OK !!!!!!
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Que viva mi lindo pais Cuba
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andromgzlz
Me encanta este grupo super....mi preferida veinte anos.....
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tired of reading biased and unfair opinions in Pandora about Cuba and their musicians . Pablo Milanes and Silvio Rodriguez are a pair of respectable musicians, whether or not you like their political views, Buena Vista Social Club was not created by anyone else but by the brave people of Cuba.
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Makes me wanna dance always aye candela candela never get tired of this song
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LIKE !!!!!
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Fifty years
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