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The Buena Vista Social Club tradition continues

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Ten years ago, a group of Cuban musicians known as the Buena Vista Social Club made what became the biggest-selling world-music album ever. On today's show, the album's producer, Ry Cooder, shares a new CD release by the ensemble, and talks about where Latin music has gone in the years since. Also: Minneapolis hip-hop duo Atmosphere has been a major figure on the underground rap scene for over a decade. They join us in advance of their show at Irving Plaza this week.

Buena Vista Social Club spawns new CD

Buena Vista Social Club is the biggest-selling world music album ever, with 8 million copies sold. Their 1998 Carnegie Hall debut is just now being released as a double CD. Ry Cooder joins us today. Then, Latin music writer Carolina Gonzalez talks about the impact of the Buena Vista phenomenon ...

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Minneapolis-based hip hop duo Atmosphere formed 10 years ago. With minimalist beats and confessional rhymes, the group became the toast of the hip-hop underground. Now, Atmosphere has turned to classic funk and soul -- and frontman Slug is still telling captivating stories. They join us for a live acoustic performance.

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The Buena Vista Phenomenon

Buena Vista Social Club, the group of elderly Cuban musicians who’d been rescued from obscurity and poverty by a record made almost by accident, has become such a phenomenon that it’s difficult to remember how it all happened. The World Circuit Recording, Ry Cooder’s trip to Cuba (he told us ...