Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club - Review
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critics' view

It makes some kind of cosmic sense that Ry Cooder — a slide guitarist whose collaborations with Indian classical musicians and Tex-Mex stars have yielded recordings of rare and unconventional beauty — would wind up in Cuba. The island is one of those places where there are few barriers between high and mass culture, and folklore isn’t something that gathers dust in museums. For a category-basher like Cooder, it’s almost heaven: Hip-hop kids know the words and music of Beny Moré, the prototypical Cuban singer of the ’50s; the decades-old pulses of rumba and son turn up in current radio hits.

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