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VH1
(near Alpha Centauri, then the next left!)
Posted: Oct 07, 2016 7:34
 

Dancer
TerryS
(Another SW)
Posted: May 20, 2016 20:18
 

 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:

Please could you explain what is strange about this? No, seriously. . . in my eye there is nothing wrong with 1. Old ladies 2. Smoking cuban cigars 3. Matching outfits. It is just your perception that is strange I'd suggest.
 
Mr SD,
sorry I have seen a substantial lady roll 'perfectos' on her massive thigh and thought nothing of it, whereas this photo, together with all the perfectly restored antique American cars for hire usually seen in tourist photos of Cuba, leave me unimpressed.
Best stop there.
 
Andybob
Posted: Feb 15, 2016 5:45
 

LOve this music. As a Canadian who's traveled to Cuba many times since the early 90s it's been amazing to see the impact that the Buena Vista Social Club had. Before that first album came out you'd have lots of local musicians playing in the hotels and on the streets. The quality was generally superb and the repetoire quite varied. Post Ry Cooder it seems like the same songs such as Chan Chan get played over and over, presumably giving the tourists what they want. The Castros seem to have incorporated it into the tourist ouevre even going as far as having a Buena Vista Social Club show in some of the resort areas such as Varadero. The irony is that most young Cubans feel as distant from this music as our present generation does from 50s music. But there's a great rock music underground there. Some of the bands I've seen are incredible and once the US embargoes are totally lifted the world should be in for another Cuban musical treat.
1066country
Posted: Feb 15, 2016 5:40
 

Yes, we fans of Cuban music owe a lot of gratitude to Ry Cooder for giving Buena Vista Social Club, recognition to a wider audience.
mgkiwi
(North of South and a little East of West)
Posted: Feb 15, 2016 5:35
 

Ooooooooh, I can almost feel the sun on my back, rum on the rocks in hand. CUBA, will be there soon. Folks, get to CUBA now before the good old US of A get their mits on it!!!!
viajeros
(Medellin, Colombia)
Posted: Dec 14, 2015 8:19
 

so good, thanks RP!
Sunman
(Oxnard)
Posted: Dec 14, 2015 8:15
 

Such a great album!
joetekubi
Posted: Dec 14, 2015 8:15
 

Always love some Ibrahim!
torino390
(Shrewsbury, United Kingdom)
Posted: Nov 13, 2015 0:53
 

not feeling it sorry. another one for the PSD button...
bitbanger
(Just South of the Willy B)
Posted: Jun 09, 2015 10:41
 

 WonderLizard wrote:
Cooder took a lot of grief for Buena Vista Social Club, mostly from young Cubans who thought this white American had a lot of nerve to reintroduce their music to the world at large. But I wonder if we would ever have heard Ibrahim Ferrer, Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa, Ruben Gonzalez, or the rest of them if it hadn't been for Cooder's singular venture. Ferrer must have been one cool dude.

 
These great artists would likely have been remained completely forgotten without Cooder's project. For whatever reason the Castro's didn't see fit to promote this part of the history of Cuba's rich culture. Perhaps it was because they were primarily pre-revolution and anything before the worker's paradise of the Castro family business is largely viewed with suspicion in Havana.

Thanks to Mr. Cooder for his vision despite being racially and nationally challenged in the opinion of his critics.

Get's a 10 from Billyburg Brooklyn.
fujogo
(Richmond, VA)
Posted: Jun 09, 2015 8:56
 

 {#Wave}jagdriver wrote:
Hats off to Ry Cooder for exposing all of this great Cuban music to the world.

 

jagdriver
(Now with a New York state of mind)
Posted: Jun 09, 2015 8:54
 

Hats off to Ry Cooder for exposing all of this great Cuban music to the world.
djblitz
(Boston, MA)
Posted: Jun 09, 2015 8:54
 

 mhbrowne wrote:
I also cannot understand the low average rating. To each his/her own I suppose. I LOVE this stuff! 

 
Thankfully, over time it has come up to at least a 7.  I'm going with "small sample size" as the reason regarding your comment from two years ago.  

It's a solid 7 or 8 in most people's minds.   
coloradojohn
(At the foot of The Flatirons, BOULDER)
Posted: Apr 06, 2015 22:45
 

Reminds me of happy times in Melbourne, and backyard parties with my mates Geoff and Vicky and Tazzie Beers in Wave-O Gardens
colt4x5
(under the scree field.)
Posted: Feb 02, 2015 20:38
 

 mhbrowne wrote:
I also cannot understand the low average rating. To each his/her own I suppose. I LOVE this stuff! 

 
Some people find authenticity challenging. 
shellbella
(so california)
Posted: May 28, 2014 15:11
 

{#Clap}
rdo
(DC)
Posted: Apr 27, 2014 7:59
 

 WonderLizard wrote:
Cooder took a lot of grief for Buena Vista Social Club, mostly from young Cubans who thought this white American had a lot of nerve to reintroduce their music to the world at large. But I wonder if we would ever have heard Ibrahim Ferrer, Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa, Ruben Gonzalez, or the rest of them if it hadn't been for Cooder's singular venture. Ferrer must have been one cool dude.

 
I am really shocked this one is not a chart topper. {#Whistle}{#Liar}{#Lol}
WonderLizard
(2,755.46 mi. due east of Paradise)
Posted: Mar 26, 2014 18:53
 

Cooder took a lot of grief for Buena Vista Social Club, mostly from young Cubans who thought this white American had a lot of nerve to reintroduce their music to the world at large. But I wonder if we would ever have heard Ibrahim Ferrer, Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa, Ruben Gonzalez, or the rest of them if it hadn't been for Cooder's singular venture. Ferrer must have been one cool dude.
hd220
(Toronto)
Posted: Nov 19, 2013 20:38
 

Beautiful.  Never tire or this.

We be (slow) dancing . . .
dabeyc
(new york city)
Posted: Jul 17, 2013 6:48
 

love the music from Buena Vista Social Club. thanks Bill.
SkiIllinois
(Evanston, IL USA)
Posted: May 14, 2013 14:36
 

I also cannot understand the low average rating. To each his/her own I suppose. I LOVE this stuff! 
lshinkawa
(Berkeley, CA)
Posted: Mar 12, 2013 21:19
 

 Lazarus wrote:
Interesting! Thanks for all the info!

This song was composed in the 1930s by Arsenio Rodríguez, a Cuban music giant, when blacks were a brutally oppressed underclass in pre-revolution Cuba...  the lyrics are a mixture of Spanish and African words, and Rodríguez expresses pride for his African heritage and he laments the injustices his people endured...  lyrically, the song is from the persona of a slave seeking freedom by hiding in the mountains...

this is the very first Rodríguez song ever recorded, and the fact that it was recorded is kind of a miracle...  the first recording was done by Miguelito Valdés, who has been called "as black a white guy as you would meet in Havana"... the arrangement of this song for the Ibrahim Ferrer album drawns directly from the original recording in 1937...

Arsenio Rodríguez claimed to have created "mambo music" — Mambo is a musical form and dance style that developed originally in Cuba, with further significant developments by Cuban musicians in Mexico and the USA. The word "mambo" means "conversation with the gods" in Kikongo, the language spoken by Central African slaves taken to Cuba...

this song is soooo cool...  good to hear it on the best radio station in the history of humanity...

 


expatlar
(Michoacan, Mexico)
Posted: Mar 12, 2013 21:18
 

I was shocked to click on this song and see such a low 'avg rating'. What musicianship. What heart. What the hell is wrong with anyone who doesn't feel this fine music. "My ears are bleeding"? Really? That just boggles my mind.
Lazarus
(Bethany)
Posted: Mar 12, 2013 21:17
 


We be dancing...  love it...
 
Lazarus
(Bethany)
Posted: Feb 09, 2013 12:36
 


This song was composed in the 1930s by Arsenio Rodríguez, a Cuban music giant, when blacks were a brutally oppressed underclass in pre-revolution Cuba...  the lyrics are a mixture of Spanish and African words, and Rodríguez expresses pride for his African heritage and he laments the injustices his people endured...  lyrically, the song is from the persona of a slave seeking freedom by hiding in the mountains...

this is the very first Rodríguez song ever recorded, and the fact that it was recorded is kind of a miracle...  the first recording was done by Miguelito Valdés, who has been called "as black a white guy as you would meet in Havana"... the arrangement of this song for the Ibrahim Ferrer album drawns directly from the original recording in 1937...

Arsenio Rodríguez claimed to have created "mambo music" — Mambo is a musical form and dance style that developed originally in Cuba, with further significant developments by Cuban musicians in Mexico and the USA. The word "mambo" means "conversation with the gods" in Kikongo, the language spoken by Central African slaves taken to Cuba...

this song is soooo cool...  good to hear it on the best radio station in the history of humanity...


SquiddlyDiddly
(Brighton, UK)
Posted: Jan 09, 2013 4:30
 

 johnjconn wrote:


This music promotes strange behavior
 
Please could you explain what is strange about this? No, seriously. . . in my eye there is nothing wrong with 1. Old ladies 2. Smoking cuban cigars 3. Matching outfits. It is just your perception that is strange I'd suggest.

d-don
(Oregon)
Posted: Nov 07, 2012 10:51
 

 mbrailer wrote:
Waiter, another round of margaritas for this table, please ... and some more chips and salsa, thanks.
 

This round's on me, friend.
scraig
(Santa Barbara, CA)
Posted: Nov 07, 2012 10:48
 

YES! I have been having a craving for some Cuban and this hits the spot.
DoctorHooey
(/etc)
Posted: Nov 07, 2012 10:47
 

This album is beautiful in any language. 
Philthefrenchy
Posted: Oct 07, 2012 1:29
 

Intemporelle musique ...
msymmes
(Toronto, CA)
Posted: Feb 28, 2012 15:07
 

I will have to check out this album !
 
calypsus_1
Posted: May 07, 2010 13:53
 


Ibrahim Ferrer in concert by ~NPU

Patrick Sinke©2004-2010 ~NPU

Registration of the concert of Ibrahim Ferrer and Buena Vista Social club in De Oosterpoort, Groningen. Date October 20, 2004.



calypsus_1
Posted: Dec 27, 2009 17:23
 


Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo - "Silencio" Live
"El talento, la sinceridad y el sentimiento es la marca de esa generación de músicos cubanos, quienes sin duda se merecen un sitial de honor en el olimpo de la música universal!! Oda al maestro Ibrahim Ferrer y a la maravillosa Omara! Mil estrellas!"

"Grandiosos... me ponen la piel de gallina!"


calypsus_1
Posted: Nov 30, 2009 19:38
 


Ibrahim Ferrer - Live in Chicago
"Ibrahim Ferrer in his last concert in Chicago.
Video taken and edited by Casey Mitchell"


calypsus_1
Posted: Nov 30, 2009 19:25
 


Ibrahim Ferrer and Buena Vista Social Club - "Silencio" Live   


calypsus_1
Posted: Nov 30, 2009 19:01
 


Afro-Cuban All Stars - "Como Fue" Live in Session
"Juan de Marcos González y Afro-Cuban All Stars with Ibrahim Ferrer"


calypsus_1
Posted: Oct 05, 2008 20:55
 


Voices as this are not belong of a country or a region, belongs to all the humanity -  
9.

It is dramatical and unjust that the recognition of this fantastic singer, a force of the nature, has only appeared to the eyes of the world in last years of life, until lived there with enormous lacks.  Thanks to the persistence of another great author Ry Cooder, finally appeared in the musical scene.
Ace times the life is stepmother.

I had the luck to attend your performance a live and to evidence your enormous talent and joy of living.
In memory of Mr. Ibrahim Ferrer.

The saga of  Buena Vista Social Club they are part also: Barzaga Luis (backing vocals) Orlando " Cachaito" López (double bass) Joachim Cooder (drums) Ry Cooder (to guitar) Juan de Marcos González (to guitar, vocals, percussion) Manuel Galbán (to guitar) Carlos González (bongos) Manuel " Guajiro" Mirabal (trumpet) Eliades Ochoa (vocals, to guitar) Julienne Oviedo Sanchez (timbales) Omara Portuondo (vocals), Barbarito Torres (laúd), Amadito Valdés (percussion)

and 

Manuel "Puntillita" Licea (vocals) (d. 2000)
Máximo Francisco Repilado Muñoz AKA Compay Segundo (vocals, tres) (d. 2003)
Rubén González (piano) (d. 2003)
Ibrahim Ferrer (vocals) (d. 2005)
Pío Leyva (vocals) (d. 2006)
Anga Díaz (percussion) (d.2006)




mbrailer
Posted: Mar 26, 2006 18:14
 

Waiter, another round of margaritas for this table, please ... and some more chips and salsa, thanks.
Glockman45
(undisclosed)
Posted: Feb 25, 2006 8:24
 

my ears are bleeding..........
Shimmer
(Bethesda, MD)
Posted: Feb 10, 2006 14:50
 

Pretty good for this sort of song, but still not my cup of tea.
Bizzarefall
(SoCal)
Posted: Feb 10, 2006 14:49
 

This is a GREAT album gauranteed to lift my spirts.
Kagin
Posted: Feb 10, 2006 14:47
 

Most mellow.... :wink:
mikedill
(Chicago, IL)
Posted: Feb 10, 2006 14:47
 

Two Buena Vista Social Club songs in one day? Maybe this is paradise! This song is a welcome addition to the playlist from an absolutely incredible album.