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Orquestra Buena Vista Social Club plays Portugal

Cuban music band Orquestra Buena Vista Social Club, featuring Omara Portuondo, will be playing on March 9 at Coliseu do Porto and on March 12 at Coliseu dos Recreios in Lisbon.

Considered a formidable thirteen piece band from Havana which features legends of Cuban music, stars of the Buena Vista Social Club film and World Circuit’s much acclaimed Cuban albums, the band transports audiences to the heart of Havana’s clubs and dancehalls.

Bass player Orlando ‘Cachaíto’ López is the only musician who has played on every track on every album in the World Circuit Buena Vista Social Club series. Guajiro Mirabal’s distinctive trumpet sound and characterful playing has earned him the monicker ‘The Trumpet of Cuba’. Aguaje Ramos’ trombone has been an integral part of World Circuit’s Cuban recordings for the past decade.

Grammy winning guitarist Manuel Galbán made his name with seminal 1960s Cuban doo-wop group Los Zafiros. Amadito Valdés is considered Cuba’s leading timbales player, and Barbarito Torres is widely regarded as the world’s leading virtuoso laoud player.

Each of these artists has their own take on the gamut of Cuban music, and they’ve put their individual stamp on son montunos, danzón, cha cha cha, boleros and Cuban jazz.