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Estupendo, thanks to the blonde lady in the blue top

PUBLISHED: 17:17 24 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:14 07 September 2010

Three cheers for the blonde lady in the blue top who was first on her feet and who led the communal dancing at Saturday night s Buena Vista Social Club concert at Kenwood. Her front-row performance proved a real show-saver. Despite the reservations of the

Three cheers for the blonde lady in the blue top who was first on her feet and who led the communal dancing at Saturday night's Buena Vista Social Club concert at Kenwood.

Her front-row performance proved a real show-saver. Despite the reservations of the security guards, she was soon followed by dozens of shyer types who, encouraged by her infectious enthusiasm, tried out the latest steps from their Monday night salsa dancing classes, albeit with varying degrees of success.

All this was much to the relief, I'm sure, of veteran Cuban singing star Omara Portuondo, who is accustomed to seeing her appreciative audiences dancing in the aisles.

Omara had come a long way to sing at Kenwood but she looked to me as if she might well die of boredom before our lady in blue decided to lead the way in a cheerful dance.

Do you know that lady? If so, I'd be delighted to send her a bottle of best Ham&High champers.

In the end a great evening was had by all, but without her, things might have fallen decidedly flat.

And what about that drummer? He didn't exactly tear the place up Keith Moon style, but his virtuoso performance was something to behold - as was the full moon that rose over the woods just as the concert drew to a close, as if on cue. Wonderful stuff, or, as the Cubans might say, estupendo!

Geoff Martin


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