Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club hits the road
Wednesday 26 January 2011
Cuba's Grammy-winning Buena Vista Social Club is setting out on its 2011 tour Tuesday, with planned stops in Britain and the United States.
"We are going to be on the road almost all year," band leader and trombonist Jesus 'Aguaje' Ramos told the state news agency Prensa Latina.
The group's first stop will be Colombia, followed by the Dominican Republic in February, Britain in March and April and then the United States.
"The success is because we make good music. After more than a decade working together we are still winning over new audiences," said singer Omara Portuondo, the group's 80-year-old diva vocalist.
The group was created in 1996 by Cuban composer Juan de Marcos and American guitarist Ry Cooder, throwing a spotlight on legendary Cuban musicians and forging a sound that was the country's biggest international musical hit in five decades.
They won a Grammy in 1998 before suffering a staggering series of losses with the deaths of stars Compay Segundo and Ruben Gonzalez in 2003, Ibrahim Ferrer in 2005 and Pio Leyva in 2006.
Now the Club has taken on some young blood and is back on the road with Portuondo, Ramos, lutist Barbarito Torres, Manuel Galban on guitar, and Manuel 'Guajiro' Mirabal on trumpet.
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