Afrocubism: An interview with Nick Gold

In 1996 Nick Gold planned to make a CD bringing together Malian and Cuban musicians, but due to visa problems it never happened.

Instead he began working with just the Cubans and, almost by fortunate accident, created the best-selling world music album of all time, The Buena Vista Social Club.

Fourteen years on the original plan has finally come together and the original planned line-up has recorded AfroCubism, a gorgeous mix of African and Caribbean traditions.

Nick talked to Mark Coles about the problems and delights of working with a studio full of virtuosi. You can hear the interview at BBC World Service at

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