Monday, May 10, 2010

Buena Vista!

Stop the presses! I promised last week to elaborate on Ana Tijoux's new sound from Colombia, but this post demands immediate attention.

I finally watched the Buena Vista Social Club documentary. Whoa. Anyone who has the slightest interest in Spanish-language music MUST watch it. I mistakenly wrote about these talented musicians in previous entries, and even dedicated full posts to members Compay Segundo and Ibrahim Ferrer. Now, I apologize to the rest of the collective.

Listening to the album, I always assumed that the major players of the group were the ones I highlighted. I was wrong. From the pianist Rubén González to the bass player Orlando "Cachaíto" López, the documentary showcases each member individually. The documentary essentially proves that Buena Vista Social Club is Ry Cooder's attempt to create a super group of all the Cuban greats who never had the chance to collaborate.

In case this realization wasn't enough to make my weekend, the cinematography of the documentary is incredible. Each shot is slow and winding in order to convey the untouched beauty of our forgotten, forbidden neighbor.

Check it out on YouTube. Advertisements cut in every now and then, and sometimes the video just stops. Simply refresh the page and pick up where you left off.

Siempre aprendiendo,
DJ Gringuito

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