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One of the most moving and touching 'boleros' ever, 'Silencio' was composed by Puerto Rico's Rafael Hernandez, a major figure of Latin American music. This rendition features Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo in a soulful duet. Wim Wenders filmed the recording session in Havana as well as the performance of the song in Amsterdam.  As the camera dissolves seamlessly from studio to performance, we see Ibrahim Ferrer wiping a tear off Omara Portuondo's cheek, the most poignant moment of the film, crystallizing the tragic beauty not just of the this bolero but also of the story behind The Buena Vista Social Club.

 

"Silencio"  Written by Rafael Hernandez

Published by Peer International Corporation (BMI)