Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club (1997)
14 tracks in 6 days, nice efficiency. 60 minutes of engaging rhythms & melodies, not too shabby.
The music of course is a subplot here to the much more interesting story:
– Ry Cooder violates US trade embargo with Cuba in recording album, fined $25,000, only allowed back in the country thanks to an act of Clemency by Bill Clinton (on his last day in office no less)
– Apparently several of the musicians were rounded up at the last minute when there were visa issues for the Mali musicians originally scheduled to record with Cooder
– Last minute additions were seasoned veterans, including an 80+ year-old lead singer!
– Overcoming language barriers in studio through an interpreter, the album quickly becomes a worldwide, Grammy Award-winning sensation & later an Academy Award-nominated documentary of the same name
Good music, unique story, worth exploring either way.
Thus ends self-titled February.
Up next: Title track March!
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