ORQUESTA BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB® TO PERFORM AT THE WHITE HO– USE
Buena Vista Says “Hola” To The White House
The Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club® has been invited to perform at The White House on October 15th in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month. A delegation of about 500 dignitaries and politicians from around the world will be hosted by President Barack Obama. As a historic shift in policy continues, the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club® pays a visit to The White House as a reminder of the people’s close relationship with each other.
In the middle of their sold-out North American leg of their international “Adiós Tour” the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club® will be the first Cuban musical group to perform at The White House.
The original Buena Vista Social Club album was recorded for World Circuit Records by Ry Cooder, Nick Gold and Juan de Marcos over seven days in Havana in 1996, bringing together many of the great names of the golden age of Cuban music in the 1950s, several of whom were coaxed out of retirement for the sessions. The album became a surprise international best-seller and the most successful album in the history of Cuban music.
At the time, nobody had any idea that the record was merely the start of a musical phenomenon. In the years that followed the Buena Vista veterans toured the world to ecstatic audiences and were the subject of a celebrated feature film directed by Wim Wenders. Further acclaimed recordings followed, including solo releases by the singers Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo, virtuoso pianist Rubén González and bassist Cachaíto López and a celebratory live album recorded at a triumphant concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Buena Vista Social Club had become a household name. A core band featuring several of the original musicians continue to sell out shows world-wide as Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club®.