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Dazzling young Havanan sings Afro-Cuban music suffused with jazz, soul and funk.
“Artistically complex and compelling … live, everybody in the place fell in love with her.” —NPR
From a country renowned for its musicians, Arocena has exploded on the scene as one of Cuba’s most dazzling. Backed by a sterling young Cuban trio, she reimagines the music of her Afro-Cuban roots suffused with jazz, soul and funk. A veteran performer although only in her mid-20s, her voice recalls Celia Cruz, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone, and her unstoppable charisma—whether in Spanish, English, Yoruba or other languages—charms audiences worldwide.
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Artist Talk: Using Your Voice
Wed, April 11, 5 pm, Faulkner Recital Hall, Free
Arocena talks with Taylor Ho Bynum, director of the Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble, about finding her voice in the unstoppable lineage of Cuban music.
This engagement is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
Visit Daymé Arocena’s website to learn more.
Daymé Arocena [DIE-may ah-roh-SAY-nah], one of Cuba’s most dazzling singers to burst onto the international stage, makes her Hopkins Center for the Arts debut on Thursday, April 12, 7 pm, in Spaulding Auditorium.
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Daymé Arocena, courtesy of artist (photo 1); photo by Casey Moore (photo 2 and 3).