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The Byron Theatre is celebrating with one of Australia’s hottest Cuban bands this February when they celebrate one of the landmark music documentaries of all time. Directed by Wim Wenders, Buena Vista Social Club documents a group of legendary Cuban musicians, some as old as their nineties, being brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder to record a CD that captured the flavour of a musical style all but forgotten in the west following Castro’s takeover of Cuba

The resulting film and album became classics and in 2003 the album was ranked number 260 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, one of only two albums on the list to be produced in a non-English speaking country. In 2022, the album was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry.

This special event features a screening of the film on the big screen at Byron Theatre, followed by a special live performance by Caribé.

Caribé is a melding of musicians and dancers from Sydney’s Cuban, jazz and Latin communities. The music and choreography integrates elements of traditional Cuban dance and music with a modern jazz aesthetic. The show is an immersive experience combining incredible dancing, chanting, jazz-inspired compositions and archival footage of Cuban musicians.

6.00 pm – Venue doors and bar open

7.00 pm – Film Screening

8.45 pm – Interval

9.15 pm – Caribe Set

10.30 pm – Event ends

BOOK HERE for tickets.

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