The story of how a group of retired Cuban musicians became famous as the Buena Vista Social Club is one of music’s best.
Some of my earliest childhood memories are of dancing to Cuban music. My grandparents were Latin music fans and every Thursday they’d go to the Grand Hotel in Leicester to drink cocktails and dream of the palm trees and tropical nights. They danced to Edmundo Ros and Victor Sylvester, whose watered down Latin rhythms were in tune with the gentility of provincial England, and listened to the biggest Cuban hits like Guantanamera and El Manisero by Don Azpiazú, who instead of maracas used cocktail shakers filled with shot.
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 issued a final rule to implement section 403 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which requires that U.S. airlines accept musical instruments as carry-on or checked baggage on commercial passenger flights, provided that certain conditions are met.