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Buena Vista Social Club tunes up for farewell tour

Its oldest stars died after a late burst of international fame, but the show will go on for just a little while longer as Cuba's trademark Buena Vista Social Club as the iconic band prepares to say "adios" with a final global tour.

Buena Vista Social Club pictured in 2002. Credit: Reuters

Some 15 years after the release of their first recording and their historic show at Carnegie Hall, vocalist Eliades Ochoa conceded the Grammy-winning band was due for retirement.

Many of the musicians were brought out of retirement and obscurity during a legendary recording session in March 1997 produced in Havana by American guitarist Ry Cooder.

The 'Adios' farewell tour kicks off in France in July before taking in countries such as Spain, South Africa and the United States.