“This Cuban soul singer is on fire right now, burning up the stages wherever she plays. With her strong and powerful voice, she’s reigniting the Cuban soundtrack.” —NPR
With exceptional warmth and a strong presence, superstar singer/composer Daymé Arocena is one of the “most inviting ambassadors” for Cuba’s contemporary music. Santerian chant, rhythmic complexity, fluid jazz styling, and a nuanced Afro-Cuban soulfulness—she channels the elements in service to her audience and culture. The artist’s newest album, Cubafonia, is a soulful mix of Latin, jazz, and R&B influences, a perfect blend for her powerful vocals. “There is not a dull moment on Cubafonia. It is a major statement on the progress of Daymé Arocena as an artist for the ages. And it reminds us that the best music moves the body and the spirit” (NPR).
The evening opens with a short set by local soul chanteuse Annie Mack and her band.
Copresented with the Cedar.
Note: This event was rescheduled from November 17. All prepurchased tickets to the November show will be honored at the door for the May 3 performance. For refund information, please contact 612.375.7600 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presented in conjunction with the Walker exhibition Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 (November 11, 2017–March 18, 2018).