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The Real Story of the Buena Vista Social Club

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Broadcast: October 3, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

The “Buena Vista Social Club” CD and movie have become classics. However, many myths about the musicians have emerged.

These days people believe that the musicians were impoverished and forgotten before the CD came out or that the Castro government had repressed their music. But it wasn’t true. Most of the musicians were successful in Cuba before the CD, playing the same kind of music that later made them world-wide hits.

Producer and host Reese Erlich spent years interviewing nearly all the original Buena Vista musicians, and many of their sidemen. In this documentary, he separates fact from fiction.

Listen to the episode.