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Ibrahim Ferrer

Renewed appreciation for 'Buena Vista Social Club'

Renewed appreciation for 'Buena Vista Social Club'

The film “Buena Vista Social Club” is a love letter to old Cuba by acclaimed director Wim Wenders, but it was the music -- and the then-unknown-to-most musicians who created it -- that was being celebrated by its best-documentary Oscar nomination. Now comes news that, nearly 20 years later, “lost” music from those sessions is about to be released.

Something to appreciate this weekend as the 1999 film, perhaps given extra poignancy with recent political events, is celebrated with screenings at the Coral Gables Art Cinema on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

The “Buena Vista Social Club” phenomenon began in 1996 when guitarist-producer Ry Cooder and world-music producer Nick Gold...