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Cuba-Based Band To Perform At White House, First Time in Over 50 Years

In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 file photo, remaining members of Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club band, Omara Portuondo, 81, front left, Jesus Aguaje Ramos, 63, front right, Luis Manuel Guajiro Mirabal, 80, back left, Eliades Ochoa, 68, back center, and Barbarito Torres, 60 pose for a picture after a press conference at the Hotel Nacional in Havana, Cuba. The Buena Vista Social Club has joined together for a their last worldwide tour under the name Adiós Tour. The tour begins in June 2014 in Europe and ends in Havana in late October 2015 with a concert at the Karl Marx theater. AP

For the first time in more than five decades, a Cuba-based band will perform at the White House.

According to a White House official, the world-renowned Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club will perform at a White House ceremony on Thursday, October 15 at a reception celebrating the end of Hispanic Heritage Month as well as the 25th anniversary of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

The Buena Vista Social Club, a musical and cultural center from the 1940s to the 1960s that encouraged Afro-Cuban musical styles, became known the world over nearly five decades after the club was closed after a 1990s recording by Cuban and American musicians put it on the international map. The recording became an international success as the biggest-selling Cuban album in history.

As part of the original recording, the musicians have been spreading Cuban music for over a decade as The Buena Vista Social Club.

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