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Watch Buena Vista Social Club Recording Landmark 1997 Album

October 14, 2008 3:50 PM ET

In July 1998, a collective of Cuban musicians that became the inspiration for the film Buena Vista Social Club performed a one-night-only show at New York's Carnegie Hall. Today, the two-disc Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall hits stores, and the film will screen in several U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle (see the full list after the jump). Click above to watch the musicians digging into the Cuban jam "El Cuarto de Tula" at Havana's Egrem studio during the recording of their Grammy-winning 1997 album.

Buena Vista Social Club screenings:
New York, October 14th at 8:00pm - The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Chicago, October 14th at 8:00pm - Gene Siskel Film Center
Los Angeles, October 16th at 7:30pm - American Cinematheque at the Egyptian
Seattle, October 19th at 2:00pm - Big Picture Seattle
San Francisco, October 20th at 9:30pm - Landmark Embarcadero

Related Stories:
Performance: Ibrahim Ferrer
Buena Vista Vet Omara Portuondo Talks Music and Barriers

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