The Buena Vista Social Club Have Been Invited To Become The First Cuban Group To Perform At The White House In Over 50 Years.
The musical supergroup will play for American President Barack Obama and international diplomats, including the Cuban ambassador to the U.S., in Washington, D.C. on Thursday (15Oct15) as part of the celebrations for Hispanic Heritage month.
The invitation comes months after Obama eased travel and commerce restrictions on Cuba in December (14), after agreeing to re-establish diplomatic relations between the two countries for the first time since 1961.
The legendary band is currently in the midst of its farewell tour, which is being filmed for a new documentary.
The stars shot to fame after filmmaker Wim Wenders captured their performances in Amsterdam, Netherlands and New York City for his seminal 1999 release Buena Vista Social Club, which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature.
Forty musicians, most of whom are senior citizens, have been a part of the ever changing line-up of the Latin group, with notable artists including Afro-Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer and American guitarist Ry Cooder serving as leaders.