Friday, October 16, 2015
Buena Vista Social Club Orquesta at the White House
Buena Vista Social Club Orquesta celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at the White House. Buena Vista Social Club is also the first Cuban music group to play at the White House in half a century on Thursday October 15, 2015. The Buena Vista Social Club started as a members' only venue in the Marianao neighborhood of the Cuban capital of Havana for musicians and performers based on the island nation between the 1940s and early 1960s. In its heyday, the club encouraged and continued the development of traditional Afro-Cuban musical styles such as "son," which is the root of salsa. In the 1990s, after the club had closed, it inspired a recording made by Cuban musician Juan de Marcos Gonzalez and American guitarist Ry Cooder with traditional Cuban musicians. After the death of some key members, Cuban singer and dancer Omara Portuondo; guitarist and vocalist Eliades Ochoa; Barbarito Torres, who plays the laud; trumpeter Manuel "Guajiro" Mirabal; and trombonist Jesus "Aguaje" Ramos began spreading Cuban music internationally as The Buena Vista Social Club. The recording became an international success as the biggest-selling Cuban album in history. The group is on a worldwide farewell tour.