Buena Vista Social Club

  • The Buena Vista Social Club was based in Cuba during the 1940s to early 1960s and started off as a members’ only venue.
  • It acted as a social hub for musicians and performers, leading a program of artistic activities such as dances and musical happenings.
  • In its golden era, it encouraged and continued the development of traditional Afro-Cuban musical styles such as Son.
  • On their album’s release, entitled Buena Vista Social Club (1997) no one realized how big an impact it would make.
  • Today the album has sold over eight million copies, making it the biggest-selling Cuban album in history.
  • Two years after the album’s release, the production team reassembled for Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer, Cooder’s first solo album.
  • The entrance fee is around 60 CUC these days and includes dinner.


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