The legendary Buena Vista Social Club will have The Venue 2013 jumping as they round off Music City on June 21 as part of the Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture celebrations.
The brainchild of American slide guitarist Ry Cooder, the Buena Vista Social Club took the world by storm when they came together in Cuba in 1996. Since then they have taken their unique blend of Cuban jazz, Afro Cuban rhythms, soaring vocal melodies and brash big bad sounds around the world.
Eliades Ochoa from the original Buena Vista line-up and the first lady of Cuban music Omara Portuondo help make up the 14-piece Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club which has been enthralling audience across Europe since going on tour last year. They have played sell-outs in the Royal Albert Hall, Barcelona’s Liceu and the Konzerthaus in Vienna.
Each of the musicians has their own take on a wide range of Cuban music styles and has put an individual stamp on the music. Their passion for the music remains undimmed and they perform with an exuberance which keeps their music as fresh as ever.
The Buena Vista Social Club album has sold more than eight million around the globe, the best-selling album in Cuban history. One critic describes it as: “World music’s equivalent of Dark Side of the Moon”.
Tickets for Buena Vista Social Club at The Venue 2013 on Friday June 21 are on sale priced £15 including booking fee, at the City of Culture Box Office at the Millennium Forum.
Buena Vista Social Club released their only studio album in 1997, produced by Ry Cooder, which propelled them to success and acclaim around the world. Their fame spread further with the release of the award-winning film Buena Vista Social Club directed by Wim Wenders.
Vocalist Omara Portuondo is a member of the original Buena Vista Social Club line-up. Her 2008 recording Gracias (World Village/Montuno) won a Latin Grammy. Portuondo has been singing and performing since she was a teenager in in Cuba in the 1940s.
Eliades Ochoa, known as the man with the cowboy hat from Santiago province, is renowned as a guitar player and is singer of some of the group’s most iconic songs.
The Buena Vista Social Club returned to the USA for a series of concerts after the Cuban blockade was lifted by President Barack Obama.
The original Buena Vista Social Club was a private club and dance venue in Havana in pre-revolutionary times, a hang-out for the rich were the Cuban big bands of the 40s and 50s would play.