Buena Vista Social Club is a studio album by Cuban bandleader and musician Juan de Marcos González and American guitarist Ry Cooder with traditional Cuban musicians, released on September 16, 1997 on World Circuit Records. The album was produced by Cooder who travelled to Cuba to record sessions with the musicians, many of whom were previously largely unknown outside Cuba. The musicians and the songs were later also featured in a documentary film of the same name. The music featured on the album was inspired by the Buena Vista Social Club, a membership club that was at its height during the 1940s and 1950s. Many of the musicians performing on the record were either former performers at the club or were prominent Cuban musicians during the era of the club’s existence. Other younger musicians on the record trace their musical roots back to pre-revolutionary Cuban music, mainly the famous Havana musical scene of the 1950s.
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HAVANA, Cuba – – A U.S. delegation of cultural leaders and artists, including Usher and Kal Penn, arrived in Havana, Cuba on Monday (April 18), as part of a four-day artistic exchange. The 33-person cultural delegation visited Cuba’s famous University of the Arts, where musicians performed a concert with classical music and folkloric dance performances. Kal Penn, best known as the character Dr. Lawrence Kutner on the television series House, said he hopes to establish relationships that will fuel continued creative projects. President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba last month, the first by a U.S. president in 88 years.
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