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Members of Buena Vista Social Club — Ruben Gonzalez (left), Ibrahim Ferrer (center) and Omara Portuondo — in 2000.
The Buena Vista Social Club CD has been a surprise hit in this country. Wim Wenders' documentary about old son players and singers is also proving popular. Now, three of the most prominent players on the disc and in the film are touring the U.S.
While the Wenders film claims that the style of music they play, called son, had almost died before the CD brought it back, reporter Reese Erlich found that, in Havana, the music had never really gone away.