CACHAITO– from the legendary Buena Vista Social Club bassist

World Circuit Records are proud to present the unique and critically acclaimed album from the legendary Buena Vista Social Club bassist, recorded in Egrem Studios, Havana, 2001. Available for the first time on 180gm heavyweight vinyl, and presented alongside a 12-page colour booklet.

Cachaíto is generally regarded as the finest bass player in Cuba. A maestro of the groove, he is best known internationally as the heartbeat of the Buena Vista Social Club – the one musician who has played on every track of every album in the Buena Vista Social Club series. His family can boast of a heritage of over 30 bass players and as a youth Cachaíto witnessed the birth of mambo, the Cuban rhythm created by his father, Orestes, and his uncle, Israel ‘Cachao’ Lopez (Cachaito means ‘little Cachao’).

With his debut, Cachaito moved into the spotlight with a unique album that marks a departure from the other World Circuit Buena Vista series. He fashioned something very personal and unique – a new sound, a new instrumentation and a new approach.

Heavily atmospheric, this album has been likened to a soundtrack for an imaginary film. It incorporates a wide variety of influences that stretch from dub reggae to jazz and DJ culture, while the music remains essentially Cuban, rooted in the deep tradition of Cuban rhythms.

The music on this album was created by an especially assembled group of musicians. At its core is the team of Cachaito on bass and his partner in rhythm, the phenomenal Miguel ‘Angá’ Díaz on congas. Completing the rhythm section is Amadito Valdés on timbales and Carlos González on bongos. Individually, these four musicians are acknowledged masters of their instruments. Together they lock-in to form one of the greatest rhythm sections of our time.

The instrumentation on the album is a real departure for Cuban music. Instead of piano and tres, the basic ensemble contains Hammond organ and electric guitar. Jamaican born Bigga Morrison travels the short journey between the islands to add the Hammond organ – sounds that are familiar in reggae but rare in Cuban music. On electric guitar is the original Cuban surf guitarist Manuel Galbán. Member and arranger of 60’s Cuban doo wop band Los Zafiros, his unique sound adds another dimension to the album. Demetrio Muñiz, arranger for Havana’s famous Tropicana Cabaret and Ibrahim Ferrer’s big band, adds his imaginative arrangements for full orchestral string section to this album.

The album is also populated with brilliant soloists who bring a very personal voice to the recording and give each track a distinctive flavour. The soloists from Cuba include Ibrahim Ferrer (vocals), ‘Polo’ Tamayo (flute), Pedro ‘Depestre’ González (violin) and Jesús ‘Aguaje’ Ramos (trombone). From South Africa, Hugh Masekela (flugelhorn), from USA, Pee Wee Ellis (tenor sax), from France, DJ Dee Nasty (the legendary pioneer of French hip hop on the decks).


Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez and Anga Diaz jam at Egrem Studios:
A short film about Cachaito:


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