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Friday January 13, 2017

From Afropop

DAYMÉ AROCENA AT THE HIGHLINE BALLROOM
By: Alejandro Van Zandt-Escobar

Daymé Arocena and her band turned up the temperature at the Highline Ballroom on a frigid Manhattan evening last week. Their first concert of the year, and part of the “Summer Preview” showcase for the SummerStage and Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concerts series, they delivered a performance full of energy, technical virtuosity, and musical maturity in a combination stunning to hear for a quartet of musicians in their early 20s. Daymé sang a set of eight songs, many drawn from her forthcoming album, Cubafonía, due to be released on Brownwood Records in March.

Acknowledging the honor of being in New York City as a representative of Cuba, Daymé and her band demonstrated the richness of the island’s musical heritage, moving through rumba, guajira, and cha-cha, and navigating through a sea of rhythms with a joyful effortlessness. Their combination of masterful jazz technique with Afro-Cuban styles was rounded off with a keen sensibility to 21st century production and tastes, resulting in a sound that was well balanced and full of groove, constantly referring to traditions while remaining refreshing and innovative.

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