Buena Vista Social Club

The Buena Vista social club was a Havana music club that only members could join. It was founded in the 1940s. Wim Wenders produced “The Buena Vista Social Club” a movie in the late 1990s, at Ry Cooder’s request. Wenders’ film focused on Ry Cooder and his efforts to reunite the musicians who performed at the club that had been closed for so long. Also featured in the film are sessions taken during the production of Buena Vista Social Club’s 1997 album. Both the movie and the album were hugely successful and helped expand the popularity of Cuban music worldwide. The film and album were highly acclaimed in the 40s and 50s. This was due to the discovery of the Buenavista Social Club, and the popularity of the film. It had a positive impact on Cuban musicians around the world. Ry Cooder and Wenders were the ones who opened the door to this rich musical history of Cuba and the simple life of these musicians. October 2008 saw the publication of the Carnegie Hall concert on World Circuit Records. The band also made previously unreleased material available on their website and MySpace pages. Text contributed by users is available under Creative Commons By–SA License. It may also be available under GNU FDL.

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