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Omara Portuondo

May 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


From the Buena Vista Social Club™ Perhaps best known as the female voice of Buena Vista Social Club, this octogenarian is “one of the most popular Cuban female singers of all time” (Billboard). Vocalist Omara Portuondo transports audiences to another time and place with a performance style that has often been compared to the likes of Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf, but with a fiery Cuban flair.

On the road, Portuondo will be joined by a traditional piano/bass/drums/percussion lineup consisting of acclaimed GRAMMY Award nominated pianist Roberto Fonseca, Andres Coayo on percussion, Ruly Herrera on drums and bassist Yandy Martinez. Portuondo’s last-ever worldwide tour comes on the heels of her most recent album, last year’s Omara Siempre, and a series of high-profile performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, at the Kennedy Center and more.

Read a review of Omara Siempre here

“It seems that the music, and the will to stay on stage or recording, is the food, the vital column of Omara Portuondo, that Creole diva that on October 29 turned 88 years old. Almost six decades after his first solo phonogram, the LP Black magic (1959), has published an album in which she walks with insolence for several genres and shows off her communicative strength and sensuality, when interpreting a repertoire mostly new for her.

Alain Pérez is the musical producer of the album, a contaminated and promiscuous arranger who harmoniously coexists several sonorities and marks this work by Portuondo on fire, distinguishing it from other recent phonograms. In the pair of songs that did not intervene as an arranger, the imagination and experimental vocation of those who sing along with Omara the beautiful bolero are missed. Amarte does not cost me anything (Gradelio and Alain Pérez).

Other songs very different from each other Sadness (Beatriz Márquez) and Another reality (Diana Fuentes) -unrecognizable by the hand, again, by Alain Pérez- show a ductile Omara, and sensitive to a broad range of emotions that qualify its interpretation.

In total there are 11 tracks, including how bonus track a duet with the Mexican Lila Downs -with the participation of Orlando Vistel (piano), Ethiel Failde (flute) and Rodrigo Sosa (quena) -, in which they return I come to offer my heart (Fito Páez) and that it leaves a bit of the general concept of the album, but it is always grateful to listen to these two great Latin American voices.” – Raul Medina Oramas


May 4
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Ordway Center for the Performing Arts


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