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20 Years On, That Buena Vista Social Club Magic Endures

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20 Years On, That Buena Vista Social Club Magic Endures

The group's debut album was an unlikely smash: old-fashioned songs performed by mostly elderly Cuban musicians. Two decades later, its impact still resonates on the island — and beyond.