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What Ever Happened to the Buena Vista Social Club?

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Bass player Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez of the Buena Vista Social Club. Source: www.aroundtheedges.wordpress.com/2009/02/

Bass player Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez of the Buena Vista Social Club. Source: www.aroundtheedges.wordpress.com/2009/02/

1997, the “Buena Vista Social Club” CD took the world by storm. Two years later, a documentary film about the musicians became even more popular earning an Oscar nomination. And while the movie was a hit, it may also have created some myths about Cuba and the musicians themselves. Independent producer Reese Erlich spent years interviewing members of the Buena Vista Social Club and separates fact from fiction.

Erlich’s new book is Dateline Havana: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Future of Cuba.

Featuring:

Eliades Ochoa, Cuarteto Patria guitarist; Ruben Gonzalez, pianist and original Buena Vista Social Club pianist; Eneida Lima, Ruben Gonzalez’ wife; Ibrahim Ferrer, original Buena Vista Social Club singer; Mario Jorge Munoz, Havana newspaper ‘Juventud Rebelde’ cultural reporter; Barbarito Torres, original Buena Vista Social Club virtuoso laoud player; Manuel Galban, modern Buena Vista Social Club Band guitarist; Pablo Menendez, Mezcla guitarist; Magda Gutierrez, Manuel Galban’s wife.

For more information:

Buena Vista Social Club

Cuban Youth Newspaper: Juventud Rebelde

Dateline Havana: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Future of Cuba
by Reese Erlich
Publication Date: January 2009
Publisher: PoliPointPress.

Additional Information:

Bamboleo

Left Turn

The Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5

Books and Articles:

“The Cuban Revolution: 50 Years On,” by Saul Landau

Superpower Principles: U.S. Terrorism Against Cuba

Music By:

Buena Vista Social Club CD
Barbarito Torres Havana
Café
Los Zafiros
Mambo Sinuendo
Cuba in Washington

Author: Radio Project

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