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Last Buena Vista Social Club concert in San Juan

San Juan, May 15 (EFE).- The last concert performance by legendary Cuban band Buena Vista Social Club will be in San Juan in Puerto Rico, city mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz announced.

"It will be historic," Cruz told reporters Thursday.

The concert, planned for Nov.7 at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente sports and concert arena, will bring an end to the Buena Vista Social Club's farewell tour, according to Cruz.

"We have also invited Cuban singer Ivette Cepeda to be the opening act," she added.

The band, formed in the 1990s, enjoys international acclaim and has done much to promote Cuban music.

In August last year, after more than a 1,000 concerts worldwide over two decades involving over 40 musicians under the direction of Jesus 'Aguaje' Ramos, the band began its "Farewell Tour" in Spain, intending to finish in Havana, the Cuban capital and home to the original Buena Vista Social Club.

"There are no more concerts scheduled after San Juan, so it will be the last one," said the mayor, hedging the question of whether or not a performance in Havana was still planned for the end of the tour.

The iconic band was formed by Cuban musician Juan de Marcos Gonzales and U.S. guitarist Ry Cooder, and at times included musicians who had performed at the eponymous club in Havana, famous in the 1940s.

The band came into the international spotlight after a documentary made by acclaimed director Wim Wenders recorded concerts in Holland and at New York's Carnegie Hall.

It went on to win a Grammy in 1998 for Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album.

Although several original members have passed away, the band has continued as the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, combining original members with other younger musicians who have joined it over the years.

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