Buena Vista Social Club Artists to Bring Cuban Sounds to the Tobin

August 15, 2016 - 9:45am

Cuban music from the vintage era of the 1950s will again be performed by its masters in San Antonio. Cuban singer Omara Portuondo and Cuban master guitarist Eliades Ochoa from Buena Vista Social Club will come together to perform at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Buena Vista Social Club began with the smash 1997 album of the same name, after musician Ry Cooder recruited a group of aging, forgotten musicians for a 1997 recording session in Havana. Win Wenders captured the process of reuniting the original performers from Buena Vista Social Club in an award-winning documentary in 1999. The album won a Grammy Award, the group became famous worldwide, and the musicians began their renewed careers as ambassadors of Cuba’s traditional music.

After 16 years of touring, many of the aging performers have suffered ill health or have died. The surviving members of the group completed their final three-year tour in 2015. But jazz-loving bolero singer Portuondo, who has been singing for 65 years and was the centerpiece of the evolving band over the years, is staying on the road.


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