Daymé Arocena
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Daymé Arocena
New Sounds of Cuba

Daymé Arocena

Nov 10, 2019
Miner Auditorium

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“A magical mash-up of The Queen of Latin Music, Celia Cruz, and The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin” (NPR). With a voice possessed of equal parts grace and fire, Daymé Arocena has become one of the dynamic new faces of Cuban music, an artist versed in jazz, Cuban neo-soul, and West African traditions who has caused a huge stir on the global music scene.

Brought to the world stage by Canadian saxophone great Jane Bunnett as part of her Juno-winning Maqueque project, the singer came to the attention of tastemaking British DJ Gilles Peterson, who produced the wildly successful Havana Cultura The Soundclash! compilation featuring Arocena and other rising Cuban artists. Peterson subsequently signed Arocena to his Brownswood label, which released her 2015 debut Nueva Era, an album listed among NPR Music’s Top 50 albums of the year. Following her 2017-2018 Season double bill with Cuban piano genius Roberto Fonseca and her critically-lauded album Cubafonía, Arocena returns with music from her new Brownswood release, Sonocardiogram — a masterful session that marks a return to her Havana roots and is the most assured, intimate, and soul-baring recording of her career. Asked what she wants audiences to take from this new set of songs, Arocena says, "What I hope is that the listeners feel that love of life, that embracing life and wanting to succeed – but not succeeding in the banal terms of making some money or being famous. I’m talking about being happy by being who we are, doing what we love, and staying open to whatever may come."

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Following her 2017-2018 Season double bill with Cuban piano genius Roberto Fonseca, Arocena returns with music from her latest Brownswood release, Sonocardiogram.

Sonocardiogram Album Review (Latino USA)

Daymé Arocena's voice is the perfect combination of Aretha Franklin and Celia Cruz.

NPR

Daymé Arocena's voice is the perfect combination of Aretha Franklin and Celia Cruz.

NPR

Personnel

Dayme Arocena vocals
Jorge Luis Lagarza piano
Rafael Aldama bass
Marcos Morales drums

The most breakout talent that we've seen out of Cuba in recent years.

Nate Chinen

Personnel

Dayme Arocena vocals
Jorge Luis Lagarza piano
Rafael Aldama bass
Marcos Morales drums

The most breakout talent that we've seen out of Cuba in recent years.

Nate Chinen

Watch & Listen

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