Friday, May 24, 2019

A Window Above: Chan Chan

Song: "Chan Chan"
Writer and Original Performer: Compay Segundo
Original Release: 1996
Album: Antologia

The Buena Vista Social Club isn't a band exactly, at least not one that plays all together at the same time.  It's more of a collective, an organization of musicians with a common mission to revive the styles of pre-revolutionary Cuba.  Established in 1996 by World Circuit, a world music record label, the group produced an eponymous album that was an enormous worldwide success, both commercially and critically.  This was followed by a short concert tour to Amsterdam and New York and a well-received documentary.  For the first time in decades, Cuba was cool.

"Chan Chan" is the first track on the Buena Vista Social Club album.  Compay Segundo said that songs, including this one, came to him in dreams.

Want to hear all of the songs I have featured in a convenient playlist?

Enjoy: A Window Above

What are you listening to these days?


  1. I like that.
    A lot, actually.
    I'm kind of surprised.

    1. The whole album is pretty amazing.

    2. I'll try to check it out at some point.
      But I'm between computers at the moment, so it won't be until I get a new one.

  2. This is like a look back 60+ years ago.

  3. nice song with wonderful background...
    Thank you for sharing