The Buena Vista Social Club documentary was released in 1997 along with the corresponding album featuring, among other re-emerging icons, the great Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzalez and Omara Portuondo. A beat-laden fire was lit under the collective rump of the world. The high art of Cuba—its irresistible music—was reborn for the masses everywhere, igniting a fiery streak of “Cuba-Mania” that seductively grabbed us all by the hips and shook us into a frenzy of sweaty appreciation. Percussive descargas could be heard everywhere, from high-end hair salons, to bars, nightclubs, coffee shops and beyond. The sound was out and the verdict was unanimously in: yes please.