Omara Portuondo Sings to Havana

Havana, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) The diva of the Buena Vista Social Club, Omara Portuondo, will give a concert today on Salud Street to celebrate Havana's 500th anniversary.

The main course of the concert will be her new album 'Omara Siempre' (Omara Always), recorded by Cuba's EGREM company and released in May.

Portuondo, also known as the Bride of Feeling, will show her musical vitality, as even at the age of 87, she continues to sing great melodies and defend the roots of Cuban music.

The album contains 11 tracks by several Cuban and foreign composers, and compiles a well-known repertoire consisting of songs like 'Y Tal Vez' (Perhaps), by Juan Formell; 'Sabanas Blancas' (White Sheets), by Gerardo Alfonso; and 'Yo Vengo a Ofrecer Mi Corazon' (I Come to Offer my Heart), by the Argentinean musician Fito Paez.

Instrumentalists, soloists and well-known groups, such as the rumba band Osain del Monte, pianist Orlando Vistel, Argentinean musician Rodrigo Sosa and singer Beatriz Marquez, who accompanies her in one of the songs, will join Portuondo.

'Omara Siempre' was produced and arranged by Alain Perez, who was proud of collaborating with the artist and learning from her experience that always surprises for her versatility when singing different genres.

Winner of the National Music Award in 2006, Portuondo also won a Latin Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Tropical Album in 2009 for 'Gracias' (Thanks).

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Omara Portuondo Opens Jazz Plaza in Santiago de Cuba

The 33rd Edition of the International Jazz Plaza Festival began on Thursday in Santiago de Cuba with a performance by the Diva of the Buena Vista Social Club, Omara Portuondo at the Marti Theater.

Omara Portuondo offered a memorable performance in which she demonstrated her musical talent interpreting themes that constitute jewels of Cuban music in a packed theater with people from all walks of life.

Omara Portuondo, 87 years of age, seduced the audience with her voice, danced with a unique Cuban identity that has taken her all over the world.

Omara is Cuba and having her open the Jazz Plaza in Santiago de Cuba was a blessing, said pianist Roberto Fonseca, President of the Jazz Plaza Festival that will include presentations from renowned figures in the genre in Cuba and the world like Maestro Bobby Carcasses and the US multi-instrumentalist and composer Ted Nash.

Omara Portuondo Opens Jazz Plaza in Santiago de Cuba

The Marti Theater, Iris Jazz Club and the branch of the Writers and Artists Association in Santiago will be the main venues of the festival with other greats like Zulema Iglesias, Giselle Lage, Carlos Miyares, Ivan Acosta and De Cuba Somos, Vocal con Paz Quintet and Okan Jazz.

The International Jazz Plaza Festival has been held in Cuba since 1980 at the initiative of Bobby Carcasses, is the most significant Jazz event in Cuba, and has been included among the leading countries in the development of this complex and fascinating genre.

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Omara Portuondo Gives Concerts in the U.S.A.

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 19 (acn) Cuban Diva Omara Portuondo will give four concerts in the United States as part of her 85 Tour, with which she will celebrate seven decades of artistic career.

During the tour, which begins today at the Brooklyn Academy of Music of the city of New York, she will be accompanied by young pianist Roberto Fonseca, Israeli clarinetist and U.S. violinist Regina Carter, as announced by the interpreter on her Web site.
The other presentations have been scheduled for Friday, October 21, at the Chicago Symphony Center, at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium, in Cleveland, on the 23rd, and will end on October 28 at the Knight Concert Hall of Miami.

Portuondo began in June a tour of several European and Latin American countries as part of the 85 Tour, in honor of the birthday of the so-called Bride of Feeling (referring to the musical movement of that name, which emerged in the 1940s).

Recently, the interpreter was nominated to a Latin Grammy for her CD Canciones de Cri Cri El Grillo Cantor , in Best Album of Latin music for Children, recorded under the Bis Music label and produced by Jose Manuel Garcia, with 13 songs by Mexican Francisco Gabilondo.

The names of the winners of the 17th edition of the Latin Grammies will be announced on November 17 at the T-Mobile Arena of Las Vegas, the United States.
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Omara Portuondo Thrilled about Her Upcoming Concert in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Oct 5 (Prensa Latina) Cuban singer Omara Portuondo, 85, feels today very excited about her upcoming concert in Los Angeles, included in her tour across the United States.

Wednesday Portuondo will perform at the Disney Hall along with Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen and US violinist Regina Carter.

On her official account on Facebook, Portuondo said her whole team is thrilled with the idea of playing at the headquarters of artistic director Gustavo Dudamel.

Omara Portuondo will also perform at the Balboa Theater in San Diego on October 7th.

This will be the final performance in California, where she already performed on October 1st at the Bing Concert Hall and on October 2nd at the Rohnert Park Performing Arts Center.

According to the program, Portuondo will continue her tour at the Sanders Theater in Massachusetts (12th), the Tilles Center for The Performing Arts in New York (14th), the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in New Jersey (15th) and the Lisner Auditorium in Washington (on 17th).

On 19th she will perform at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, on 21st at the Symphony Center in Chicago, on 23rd at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium in Ohio and on 24th at the Adrenne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.

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Cuban Record Label Nominated for Two Albums in Latin Grammys

Havana, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban record label Bis Music is competing this year in the Latin Grammy Awards, with two of its albums, according to a communique circulated today by the label.

The albums Cri Cri, Canciones del Grillo Cantor, by Omara Portuondo and El Mas Grande y Universal, by the National Septet Igacio Piñeiro were nominated in the categories best Latin Music Album for children and best Traditional Tropical Album, respectively.

The list of nominees for the Latin Grammy Awards was announced today and the record label, which belongs to Artex, is proud to be acknowledged in the ceremony, through two of the most valuable exponents of its extensive audiovisual musical catalog, said Image and Communication Manager, Marianela Santos.

With more than 20 years of experience, Bis Music became the first Cuban record label to win a Latin Grammy Award in 2001, with the album La Rumba Soy Yo, in the category Best Folk Album.

The label's fund includes more than 20,000 musical themes, which are marketed in different lines, including sales of the physical product in stores throughout Cuba to on-line marketing on websites as iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

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