A group of Cuba's aging musical geniuses came together as Buena Vista Social Club in the late '90's and exploded onto the world music scene. Their album Buena Vista Social Club, produced by Ry Cooder, is the biggest selling world music album ever, with over 8 million records sold.
Now ten years after the group's performance at New York's Carnegie Hall, which became the center-piece of the hugely successful film directed by Wim Wenders, the recording of that historic event is about to hit music stores across the globe. BTW: It's only the second album ever by the original Buena Vista Social Club.
Ceiling Fans, Courtly Men And a Whiff Of Old Cuba is Jon Pareles' review (NYTimes, 7.3.1998) of Buena Vista Social Club's historic performance at Carnegie Hall. Here's the intro:
The Buena Vista Social Club basked in the latest wave of Cubaphilia when it performed on Wednesday night. The concert was more than a musical occasion. Musicians from Cuba in their 70's, 80's and 90's, some emerging from retirement, were making their United States debuts at no less than Carnegie Hall.The fabulous Buena Vista Social Club At Carnegie Hall (2 CD) [LIVE] will be released October 14, 2008. Click here to listen to some of the tracks.