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The Buena Vista Social Club
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Ibrahim Ferrer & the Buena Vista
Sabs and I recently heard Ibrahim Ferrer sing at a concert... it was
a wonderful experience. Ferrer, now running 77, was accompanied by the famous
Buena Vista Social Club.
Ferrer was born in Santiago in Cuba and became famous
before the revolution as an accomplished singer performing with the likes
Benny More. The revolution and what followed wasn't as good for Ferrer's career though.
Things became so bad that he was reduced to earning a living by
changed in the 1990s when Ry Cooder
and his son visited Cuba in search of these
forgotten performers and literally hit upon a gold mine when they found Compay Segundo, Omara Portuondo, Ibrahim Ferrer and several others. This story is brilliantly
captured in a Spanish/ English rockumentary called
The Buena Vista Social Club.
Anyway, Ibrahim, dapper as ever in a cream suit sang some lilting
melodies, and also regaled the audience with some foot tapping Latin numbers
before moving on to his old favourites including
Dos Gardenias and Perfume...
voice, even better when live à go see/ hear him.
Grand Hall, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), Harbour Road, Hong
October 10 2003.