Omara Portuondo Showcases Cuba's Talent in New Album

Renowned Cuban singer Omara Portuondo released her latest album, "Omara Siempre," which showcases a collection of songs with fellow Cuban artists, in Havana Thursday.

The 87-year-old, best known for her work as a singer in the "Buena Vista Social Club," her powerful voice and her magnetic charisma is widely regarded as the grande dame of Cuban music.

Portuondo told Reuters, she hopes that the international recognition she receives for the album, which features local talents such as  Aymee Nuviola, Isaac Delgado, and Alain Perez, would give other Cuban artists a chance to shine.

Portuondo, who won a Grammy Award for her album "Gracias," told Reuters her new collection of songs also has a strong sense of Cuba, and she was happy to add it to her catalog of work.

"This doesn't mean that this is the last thing I do, but I feel very satisfied that people accept my way of saying things, of singing, and all that is a great satisfaction because I represent the culture of my country. And so I am Cuban, and I will die being Cuban," she said.

Nearing 90 and still working, Portuondo shows no signs of slowing down with international showcase performances in support of her album scheduled.

"It's a gift from the very large legacy Omara leave us every day. It's something that exists. It's true. Omara is peerless, her feelings, her way of speaking, interpreting."

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Juan Gabriel, Elton John To Record A Duet For 'El Divo De Juarez' New Album!

Seems like Universal Music (both artists’ record label) is amidst negotiations between Elton John and El Divo de Juarez, Juan Gabriel, who has invited the British crooner to join forces for his upcoming album, “Amor eterno.”

Reportedly, Elton John has accepted, only under one very costly condition: he wants half of the single’s royalties, no matter how much those are. Unlike Elton John, Luis Miguel was approached to participate in the album, but he declined, reportedly because he didn’t like the material he would be working on.

Nothing has been said about the theme the two will interpret, and if it’ll be one of their own hit songs adapted for the duet album, but we sure are excited to hear more about this collaboration. The two interpreters have also remained mum about the matter on social media. Are you excited about the news? We are!

 

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Johnny Ventura to Record Album of Son Music in Cuba

Renowned Dominican merenguero Johnny Ventura will visit Havana. During this time he will record an album of Cuban contemporary son music songs, encouraged to collaborate with popular songwriter from Matanzas, Tony Ávila, who will also participate in this record.

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