Lucy Duran introduces a concert given at the Barbican, London for the 2010 London Jazz Festival, featuring the 'lost' project that eventually became the Buena Vista Social Club.
AfroCubism: the legendary 'lost' project that became the Buena Vista Social Club is finally realised. In this concert from the London Jazz Festival, musicians from Mali and Cuba come together for the collaboration that was the original Buena Vista idea. Introduced from The Barbican by Lucy Duran.
It was in 1996 that record producer Nick Gold planned a project involving veteran Cuban musicians with virtuoso performers from Mali, to be recorded in Havana. In the end, because of passport problems, the Malian musicians were unable to come, so the recording went ahead with just the Cubans - resulting in the classic Buena Vista Social Club album. Now Nick Gold has finally realised the original project for a new recording and concert tour. The musicians include Cuban singer Eliades Ochoa, one of the Buena Vista veterans, together with Malians Toumani Diabate on kora, Bassekou Kouyate on ngoni, and Djelimady Tounkara playing guitar, all now 14 years older, but still top performers. This London Jazz Festival concert was recorded at The Barbican on 21st November.