THE world-renowned Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club is set to light up the stage at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham next month.
A night of song and dance is in store for theatre goers who are set to experience a slice of Cuba.
Their live performance will be performed on Wednesday 16th March.
The Buena Vista Social Club was a members club in Havana that held dances and musical activities, which became a popular location for musicians to meet and play during the 1940s.
In the 90s, nearly 50 years after the club was closed, it inspired a recording made by Cuban musician Juan de Marcos González and American guitarist Ry Cooder with traditional Cuban musicians, some of whom were veterans who had performed at the club during the height of its popularity.
They released their only studio album, produced by Cooder, in 1997 and achieved instant success.
The album, featuring an assembled group of veteran Cuban musicians, was further propelled by Wim Wenders‟ acclaimed film and later by a series of international tours and albums by many of the featured musicians.
Buena Vista Social Club became a phenomenon.
At the forefront of the group are four musicians who will be recognized from the Buena Vista Social Club film: trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal, laúd virtuoso Barbarito Torres, trombonist Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos, and guitarist/keyboardist Manuel Galbán.
A younger generation of Cuban musicians is represented by such talents as the renowned vocalist Carlos Calunga and virtuoso pianist Rolando Luna.
Joining this expanded lineup of Cuban players is vocalist Omara Portuondo, a member of the original Buena Vista Social Club, whose 2008 recording Gracias won a Latin Grammy and scored a Grammy nomination.
Portuondo has been singing and performing since she was a teenager in Cuba in the 40s but the years have done nothing to mitigate her vocal prowess. The New York Times said: “Her voice … is rich, shapely, dynamic and still sultry.”
Playing sell-outs in renowned venues including Paris Olympia, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Barcelona’s Liceu and the Konzerthaus in Vienna. They have also featured in prestigious festivals like North Sea Jazz.
Following a series of festival appearances across Europe during last summer the group returns to the UK for a series of 26 concerts.
Performance is at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £28.50 and £32.50 and can be purchased from the box office on 0115 989 5555 or www.trch.co.uk