Cuba’s Buena Vista Social Club sets farewell tour

In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 file photo, remaining members of Cubaís Buena Vista Social Club band, Omara Portuondo, 81, front left, Jesus Aguaje Ramos, 63, front right, Luis Manuel Guajiro Mirabal, 80, back left, Eliades Ochoa, 68, back center, and Barbarito Torres, 60 pose for a picture after a press conference at the Hotel Nacional in Havana, Cuba. The Buena Vista Social Club has joined together for a their last worldwide tour under the name ìAdios Tourî. The tour begins in June 2014 in Europe and ends in Havana in late October 2015 with a concert at the Karl Marx theater. (Franklin Reyes, File/Associated Press)

HAVANA (AP) — The legendary Cuban musical group Buena Vista Social Club is going on a global farewell tour before disbanding next year after nearly two decades.

Communist Party newspaper Granma reported Tuesday that the tour will kick off next week and travel to the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia.

The Buena Vista Social Club was formed in 1996 when U.S. musician and director Ry Cooder producer brought together a collection of aging, nearly forgotten Cuban performers.

The resulting album won a Grammy, and the group shot to international fame.

A documentary of the same name was nominated for an Academy Award.
Several of the original members have died over the years, and only a handful remain with the group.


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