Buena Vista Social Club: Lost and Found (World Circuit)

 |   |  <1 min read

Ruben Gonzalez: Como Siento Yo
Buena Vista Social Club: Lost and Found (World Circuit)

If, almost 20 years ago, someone told you one the biggest music phenomena of the era would be a bunch of mostly old people from Cuba singing in Spanish, it's doubtful you'd have believed them.

But BVSC got a different audience going into CDs stores and to their concerts because they had a good backstory, seemed charming and free from guile, enjoying the belated attention and made music which was uplifting or deeply felt.

There have been the inevitable attritions of aging, offshoot projects and members being replaced.

Their appearance at Womad this past weekend is part of a farewell tour.

This collection of mostly short, previously unreleased material allows us to hear again the late, very great pianist Ruben Gonzalez (notably an improvised solo piece), singer Ibrahim Ferrer (three live tracks, he died in 05), guitarist Compay Segundo (died 03) and the wonderful Omara Portuondo who still performs with them at age 84.

There are also three simple solo guitar and voice recordings by Eliades Ochoa never intended for release, just after-hours stuff but very lovely.

By being drawn from various sources (live, studio and downtime) this isn't as coherent as their debut album but the same spirit prevails.

For previous BVSC albums, solo projects by the artists, interviews and overviews go here.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music from Elsewhere articles index

Various Artists: So Frenchy So Chic 2010 (Cartell)

Various Artists: So Frenchy So Chic 2010 (Cartell)

Another year, another compilation to accompany the Alliance Francaise Film Festival -- and a chance for an overview of chic music out of France. Big names here are Charlotte Gainsbourg with the... > Read more

Kailash Kher and Kailasa: Yatra /Nomadic Souls (Cumbancha)

Kailash Kher and Kailasa: Yatra /Nomadic Souls (Cumbancha)

If the sound of Indian (Bollywood) playback singers or Indo-pop has never made much sense to you then you are directed to the thrilling soundtrack to the film Cash (video clip here) or maybe... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Dean Martin: Italian Love Songs

Dean Martin: Italian Love Songs

The fact is that every home should have a Dean Martin album or two, and those with a sense of humour will go for one in a really stupid cover (like this). Dean Martin was, as we have mentioned... > Read more

THE EIGHTIES: VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR, a television series on Prime

THE EIGHTIES: VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR, a television series on Prime

If – and it is a very big “if” – the Sixties were Swinging and the Seventies was The Decade That Taste Forgot, what then of the Eighties? The Decade Defined By Sound... > Read more