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Cuban Music is More Varied Than Tourists Might Think

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“Cuba as a country still hasn’t been able to exploit our musical diversity in terms of the market, to market it well,” says Joaquín Borges-Triana, a prolific scholar, music critic, and author of various books on Cuban music. He’s discussing the legacy of the Buena Vista Social Club (BVSC) phenomenon, which has included a series of albums, international tours, and the Wim Wenders documentary that was released 20 years ago. This film converted the musical revitalization project initiated in 1996 by American guitarist Ry Cooder and British world music producer Nick Gold into a major Cuban tourist attraction.

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