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SOLD OUT: Daymé Arocena

Yoruban Singing Sensation Direct from Cuba

August 15, 2017 | 7:30 pm

- $30 – $35
Lan Su Chinese Garden

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This engagement is funded through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

At just 23 years old, Daymé Arocena is a skillful, charismatic presence in Cuban music. Her powerful voice and her ability to absorb music of any kind, particularly jazz and Cuban neo-soul, with her devotion for Afro-Cuban culture, made her into one of the most exciting artists of Cuban contemporary scene. Since she was a child she performed in several children’s groups, and in 2010 she became a member of Sumsum Corda, a fusion jazz quintet with which she participated in tours for Norway and Nicaragua. After the experience being a member of Joaquin Betancourt’s big band, she was invited by Canadian saxophonist Jane Bunnett to join to her project Maqueque (with which she continues collaborating today), with which she recorded the album of the same name that won the 2015 Juno Award, in Best Album Jazz category. Her 2015 debut album “Nueva Era” was selected by NPR as one of the best 50 albums of the year, calling Arocena one of the most innovative musicians her country has ever produced. She has turned up on many prominent stages like Brazil’s Jazz Na Fabrica Festival, Cuba’s Les Voix Humaines Festival, France’s Duc des Lombards and Worldwide Festival, London’s St. Pancras Old Church, Japan’s Peter Barakan’s Live Magic! festival, and Belgium’s Het Depot club, proving Arocena to truly be a worldwide phenomenon.