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In just over 2 weeks in 1996 World Circuit recorded three stunning albums in Havana, Cuba: Afro-Cuban All Stars ‘A Toda Cuba le Gusta’, ‘Introducing… Rubén González’, and the legendary ‘Buena Vista Social Club™.’
The series continued with solo albums from the GRAMMY winning Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo, Rubén González, Guajiro Mirabal, and the innovative albums from Cachaíto López and Angá Díaz.
A collection of photos that capture the history and story of Buena Vista Social Club™ from album artwork to performances and their journey to becoming such an important contribution in the history of Cuban music.
Scroll through the gallery to enjoy 25 years of the Buena Vista Social Club™ history.
The original Buena Vista Social Club™ album was recorded for World Circuit Records over seven days in Havana in 1996, bringing together an extraordinary ensemble including many great names of the golden age of Cuban music from the 1940s and ’50s, several of whom were coaxed out of retirement for the sessions.
The album became a surprise international best-seller and the most successful album in the history of Cuban music.