From the streets of Kinshasa to sell-out tours across Europe, a group of disabled performers are bringing their punchy tunes and uplifting message to music fans far beyond the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
"It's soul, man!" pronounces Gilles Peterson, his face lighting up as he takes a sip into his chilled mojito. "Cuban music is from the heart, it's free, there are less rules somehow," the DJ extraordinaire tells CNN about the endless energy of the island's music.
Cuba has a new political leader but the Buena Vista Social Club lives on, thanks to 12 brilliant musicians, including four from the group made famous in the Wim Wenders' documentary featuring American guitarist Ry Cooder as he delved into Havana's pre-Castro musical past.