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Interpreter: Afrocubism
Label: World Circuit
Location: Mali/Cuba

Had these musicians not missed their flights to Cuba in the late 90s, this is what the Buena Vista Social Club album would have sounded like. When they failed to show up, the British producers enlisted singer-songwriter Juan de Marcos González to round up some people in order not to waste the recording time they had booked.

The result was an album that sold in millions; here the team has another go at realising it's original intentions. More languid than the BVSC effort, despite there being no octogenarians present, it's an intriguing glimpse of what might have been.