Artist Profiles: Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club

In 1996, American guitarist Ry Cooder went to Cuba in search of the music he had heard on old Cuban recordings: sones, mambos, guajiras, etc. With the help of Cuban musician Juan de Marcos González (Afro Cuban All Stars), he was able to put together a new band called The Buena Vista Social Club, formed by some of the finest veteran musicians from Cuba, such as pianist Rubén González, armónico guitar instrumentalist Compay Segundo, vocalists Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo, and Cuban country music (música guajira) guitarist and singer Eliades Ochoa.

The album by the new group had an enormous success throughout the world, selling well over a million copies. Most of the musicians continued on with their solo careers and recorded several albums afterwards.


Buena Vista Social Club (World Circuit Records, 1997)
Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall (World Circuit Records, 2008)
Lost and Found (World Circuit Records, 2015)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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