This collaborative musical project resurrected the classic son music of pre-revolutionary Cuba and launched a worldwide phenomenon. Featuring an all-star cast of veteran Cuban musicians, the Buena Vista Social Club reprised compelling Afro-Cuban standards with their eponymous release, Buena Vista Social Club, in 1997. It captured the imagination of millions as interest and sales steadily rose. It now stands as the biggest selling world music (non-English, non-pop) release in the history of recorded music.
The making of the recording is a great story of happenstance and serendipity. Nick Gold of World Circuit Records in the UK planned to make a recording with his star African musician Ali Farka Touré and American guitar hero Ry Cooder in... Read More