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  • Friday, October 30, 2015

    The original Buena Vista Social Club album, produced by Ry Cooder and released in 1997, became a worldwide cultural phenomenon and helped to introduce Cuba’s rich musical heritage and pre-revolutionary past to the world. Now, almost two decades later, World Circuit Records reissues the album on vinyl as a double-LP, out now, distributed in North America by Nonesuch Records. For this vinyl reissue, the studio recordings have been cut from the original analogue half-inch tapes and mastered by Bernie Grundman (engineer of the original release), and pressed on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Thursday, October 15, 2015

    The Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club will perform at The White House this afternoon 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. The event is due to stream live at whitehouse.gov/live. Led by members of the original, Grammy Award–winning Buena Vista Social Club band, the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club will be the first Cuban musical group to perform at The White House in more than 50 years.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    The original Buena Vista Social Club album, produced by Ry Cooder and released in 1997, became a worldwide cultural phenomenon and helped to introduce Cuba’s rich musical heritage and pre-revolutionary past to the world. Now, almost two decades later, World Circuit Records reissues the album on vinyl as a double-LP on October 30, distributed in North America by Nonesuch Records. For this vinyl reissue, the studio recordings have been cut from the original analogue half-inch tapes and mastered by Bernie Grundman (engineer of the original release), and pressed on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Monday, August 10, 2015

    Following the recent release of Buena Vista Social Club’s Lost and Found—a new collection of previously unreleased tracks—Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, a core band featuring several of the original musicians, kicks off a North American farewell "Adios" tour at the Ravinia Festival outside Chicago on Wednesday. The "Adios" tour includes extensive dates in the US and Canada, culminating in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on November 7.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, has announced its 2015–16 concert season, the organization's 110th, which will feature performances from artists and works by composers familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal: Kronos Quartet, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Youssou N'Dour, John Adams, Timo Andres, and Jacob Cooper.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Friday, April 17, 2015

    Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record stores, takes place this Saturday, April 18, and included among the special limited-edition vinyl releases are the Robert Plant 10" More Roar, a double LP of Steve Reich's Grammy-winning Music for 18 Musicians, and a Buena Vista Social Club 7" single.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Monday, March 23, 2015

    Buena Vista Social Club’s Lost and Found is out now on CD and digitally from World Circuit Records; the vinyl is due April 21. Coming almost two decades after the release of the original Grammy-winning, self-titled LP, the new album is a collection of previously unreleased tracks—some of which were recorded during the original album’s sessions in Havana and others from the years that followed. Lost and Found also features live recordings from the world tours of Buena Vista’s legendary veterans. NPR calls it "a gorgeous reminder of what made [Buena Vista] so famous to begin with." The Guardian calls it "exquisite."

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News Reviews
  • Thursday, March 19, 2015

    In anticipation of the March 23 release of Buena Vista Social Club’s Lost and Found—a new collection of previously unreleased tracks—comes news that Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, a core band featuring several of the original musicians, will embark on a North American farewell "Adios" tour in August 2015. The "Adios" tour includes extensive dates in the US and Canada, culminating in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on November 7.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Thursday, March 19, 2015

    Buena Vista Social Club's Lost and Found, a collection of previously unreleased tracks out next week, opens with a live version of "Bruca Manigua," featuring Ibrahim Ferrer on vocals. A video of Ferrer performing the song live in concert in 2000 premiered yesterday on the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy. "This video, shot in front of a sold-out crowd in Paris, finds the spry Ferrer, then 72, in fine form," says Speakeasy, "his voice strong and supple as he sings the 1930s Cuban standard accompanied by lush, joyous horn parts and polyrhythmic percussion." Watch the performance here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Monday, March 16, 2015

    Buena Vista Social Club's Lost and Found, a collection of previously unreleased tracks, is due out next week. But you don't need to wait till then to hear it: the album is streaming in full all this week as an NPR First Listen at npr.org. "It was nearly 20 years ago, back in 1997, that the Buena Vista Social Club became an improbable worldwide sensation: a group of mainly elderly (and some younger) Cuban musicians, performing traditional son music for an album produced by Ry Cooder," writes NPR's Anastasia Tsioulcas. "If it turns out that this is the year we do say a final goodbye to the Buena Vista collective, Lost and Found provides a gorgeous reminder of what made it so famous to begin with — and what we'll all be missing."

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015

    Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record stores, is set to take place on Saturday, April 18, and included among the special limited-edition releases on that day are vinyl recordings from Robert Plant, Steve Reich, and Buena Vista Social Club.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Tuesday, February 3, 2015

    Buena Vista Social Club’s Lost and Found is due March 23 from World Circuit Records. Coming almost two decades after the release of the original Grammy-winning, self-titled LP, the new album is a collection of previously unreleased tracks—some of which were recorded during the original album’s sessions in Havana and others from the years that followed. The studio tracks on Lost and Found were recorded at the 1996 Egrem studio sessions in Havana and during a period of rich and prolific creativity stretching into the early 2000s. Lost and Found also features live recordings from the world tours of Buena Vista’s legendary veterans. The album is available to pre-order with an instant download of the album track "Macusa."

    Journal Topics: Artist News

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