I saw Compay Segundo perform in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2002.
On that night that I saw the man in concert, who was 95 at the time, I was touched. He wore his signature white hat and smoked a cigar.
He was there with other members of Buena Vista who performed during the FIL, or Guadalajara's International Book Fair. That year Cuba was the guest of honor and Fidel Castro allowed two plane loads of writers and musicians to leave Cuba to participate and perform at the book fair and festival.
Segundo spoke so fondly of his fans in Mexico and recalled it was the first place he toured when he was young. Here near the end of his life he performed in Mexico again.
If you haven't see this film, or even if you have, it is definitely worth watching again at the Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St.
It celebrates music that will make you want to dance.