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Photo Gallery: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club’s “Adios Tour”

On their farewell tour, the Cuban legends perform in Massachusetts

Eliades Ochoa and Idiania Valdes, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Northampton, Massachusetts, Oct. 2015
Eliades Ochoa, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Northampton, Massachusetts, Oct. 2015
Filberto Sanchez, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Northampton, Massachusetts, Oct. 2015
Idania Valdez, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Northampton, Massachusetts, Oct. 2015
Jesus Aguaje Ramos, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Northampton, Massachusetts, Oct. 2015
Omaro Portuondo, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Northampton, Massachusetts, Oct. 2015
Papi Ovideo, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Northampton, Massachusetts, Oct. 2015
Pedro Pablo, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Northampton, Massachusetts, Oct. 2015
Jesus Aguaje Ramos, Buena Vista Social Club, Northampton, Massachusetts, Oct. 2015

During their “Adios Tour,” the [Orquesta] Buena Vista Social Club-whose self-titled 1997 album remains the best-selling world music album to date-played an emotional, sold-out concert at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, Mass. The group, including surviving members of the original ensemble as well as more recent additions, has said that this will be their final outing.

Honoring a cultural legacy, the Adios Tour acknowledged the troupe’s journey with projected images of original, now-deceased members. However, the mood was uplifting and the performance gave every indication that this music, beloved globally, continues to exude radiance and significance.

Five original members performed, including Omara Portuondo as lead vocalist; Eliades Ochoa on vocals and guitar; Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos as musical director, trombonist, and vocals; Guajiro Mirabel on trumpet; and Barbarito Torres on laud. Newer members included Papi Ovideo on tres, Pedro Pablo on double bass, Rolando Luna on piano, Idania Valdes on vocals and minor percussion, Carlos Calunga on vocals, Alberto La Noche on bongos, Filberto Sanchez on timbales, Andres Coayo on congos, Guajarito Mirabel and Luis Alemany on trumpet.

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