Havana’s legendary Buena Vista Social Club to play at the White House in Washington on Thursday. It is the first Cuban band invited there in over 50 years, another sign of the thaw in relations between the US and Cuba.
The reason is Hispanic Heritage Month, which recognizes Hispanic culture in the United States. President Barack Obama will also hold a speech.
Buena Vista Social Club was originally a club in Havana that had its heyday in the 1940s. A group of older musicians had 1997 international breakthrough with an album with that name.
The group, whose composition has shifted over the years when members retired or died, are currently on a farewell tour.