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Buena Vista Social Club

Light the way

Wim Wenders recalls the day two years ago when he wandered into Palermo's Palazzo Abatellis, the late 15th-century edifice that houses Sicily's Regional Museum. He was then starting a brief sojourn in the city, developing a screenplay for a film to be shot there.

Sunday, 18 October, 2009, 12:00am

Spirit of Buena Vista

'In Cuba the music flows like a river,' Ry Cooder wrote in his liner notes to the original 1997 Buena Vista Social Club album.

But 11 years on since Cooder set up those sessions and with Fidel Castro resigning from his long-held presidency on Tuesday it's interesting to speculate whether the same music is flowing through Havana today.

24 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Picks of the day

The Ring Finger 3pm, City Hall. Adapted from a Japanese cult novel by Yoko Ogawa, the tale begins with Iris accidentally slicing her ring finger while working at a factory. The film features an ethereal soundtrack by Portishead's Beth Gibbons.

17 Apr 2006 - 12:00am


The American Friend (1977)

A shady American (Dennis Hopper) coaxes the dying lead character (a Hamburg art dealer played by Swiss actor Bruno Ganz) to perform unsavoury deeds in return for a secure financial future for his family.

Paris, Texas (1984)

16 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Tour de Voice

AFTER MORE THAN five decades of bringing the heart and soul of the Buena Vista groove to millions, Omara Portuondo is still the grande dame of Cuban music.

Just short of her 75th birthday, the singer has been travelling the world for the past year with a 12-member band on her Flor de Amor Tour and will be in Hong Kong this month.

13 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Colourful Latin extravaganza

Other highlights of the Latin Passion Festival include:

Flor de Amor Tour - opening concert by legendary Cuban singer Omara Portuondo (pictured below), 8pm, October 20-21, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Tickets: $150-$480.

7 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Ry Cooder

Ry Cooder

Chavez Ravine


10 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Viva Ferrer, grand master of song

Ibrahim Ferrer

Convention and Exhibition Centre

One night only

A band of Cuban revolutionaries stormed Wan Chai this weekend, welcomed by Hong Kong people already in tune with all beats Latin.

12 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Divine intervention saves Ferrer's eyesight

Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer arrived in Hong Kong yesterday for a concert tonight following some divine intervention from a Tibetan monk.

The 72-year-old Buena Vista Social Club performer was in danger of missing the gig because of a bacterial eye infection that forced him to cancel two shows each in South Korea and Taiwan this week.

10 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Singer's social club gathers

Buena Vista Social Club singer Ibrahim Ferrer wined and dined with the leading lights of the city's social scene last night before his performance tonight. Among those joining him at Cipriani's restaurant were David Tang (pictured with Ferrer), Tang's fiancee, Lucy Wastnage, philanthropist Michael Kadoorie and his wife, Betty. Ferrer noted that Hong Kong women were 'very beautiful'.

10 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Embargo on Cubans' cars in Times Square

A lot of preparation is involved in getting big acts to Hong Kong. But what does it take to make 24 Cubans feel at home, especially if the main man in the spotlight is above 70?

Just a little bit of understanding from the government, says Andrew Bull of Arena Hong Kong, who is bringing Ibrahim Ferrer and his entourage to the city to perform on Friday.

8 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Ibrahim Ferrer

It may be a while away, but tickets for the Cuban septuagenarian singer, who found international fame with the Buena Vista Social Club, are likely to go fast. Ferrer returns to Hong Kong in the wake of the recent release of his album, Buenos Hermanos, and the evening promises to be full of his trademark slow-burning yet passionate boleros. Oct 10, 8.30pm. Grand Hall, HK CEC, Wan Chai.

30 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Son Xango

Son Xango

(Brown Sounds)

Cuban music has conquered the world since the award-winning exploits of the Buena Vista Social Club breathed life back into the genre in 1997. This taste of Hong Kong's interpretation of the Cuban sound comes from locally based outfit Son Xango who have been wowing audiences at Brown and other venues for the past year or so.

27 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

From Havana with love

BRUNCH FOR THE table of Cuban men at the Marco Polo Hotel meant cigarillos after the eggs. The heavy-set Buena Vista Social Club crew chat in a roiling and rubbery Spanish, their speech punctuated by phlegm-fuelled guffaws. A peripatetic Little Havana had just parked itself in Tsim Sha Tsui.

14 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Ibrahim Ferrer

When Ry Cooder mentions during the documentary Buena Vista Social Club that Ibrahim Ferrer is like 'Cuba's Nat 'King' Cole' he does Ferrer a disservice. First and foremost, Ferrer is simply Cuba's Ibrahim Ferrer.

9 Feb 2001 - 12:00am