Daymé Arocena

Cuba
Jazz Soul Vocal Latin African
Daymé Arocena

With her captivating charisma and radiant spirit, Daymé Arocena effortlessly blends traditional Santerían chant, jazz stylings, contemporary R&B influences, and Afro-Cuban rhythmic complexity for audiences worldwide. Her passion for the musical traditions of her homeland is boundless – “reigniting the Cuban soundtrack wherever she plays” (NPR). At every performance, Daymé coaxes her audiences into lively call-and-response chants with an irrepressible smile on her face, enamoring the whole audience in her charm. “Scat-singing over her trio’s swaying rhumbas and cha-cha-chas,” (DownBeat), Daymé’s impact upon the history of Cuban music is undeniable.

On September 6, 2019, Daymé released Sonocardiogram on Brownswood Recordings to resounding critical applause. Celebrating the rich elements of Afro-Cuban culture and Santería, Sonocardiogram also tells the story of Daymé as a creative spirit. The album is a finely crafted arc exploring her sources of Santería, dedication to legacy of Afro-Cuban musicians, an homage to family, and of course always inspired, sincere, and hopeful.

Daymé was introduced to the world stage through Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Mix project, which brought producers from around the world to Cuba to record with local musicians. Daymé enchanted a packed audience at the London launch of that album, and since then has released four breathtaking albums as a bandleader, including 2017’s Cubafonía – named one of The Arts Desk’s best albums of 2017. NPR claims there’s “never a dull moment” on the recording, and Billboard sums it up perfectly: Cubafonía is a “must-have on any playlist.”

Daymé looks forward to the release of a new, upbeat Latin dance themed album in late 2021.

Videos
  • Daymé Arocena Performs "Para El Amor: Cantar!"
    Daymé Arocena Performs "Para El Amor: Cantar!"
  • Daymé Arocena: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
    Daymé Arocena: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
  • Daymé Arocena live at Primavera Barcelona 2019
    Daymé Arocena live at Primavera Barcelona 2019
Press
One of the world’s fastest rising jazz vocalists. One of the world’s fastest rising jazz vocalists.
The New Yorker
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. 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
When she sang, she had a beaming, irrepressible smile, the expression of a virtuoso who knew she was pushing each song toward gleefully unexpected places When she sang, she had a beaming, irrepressible smile, the expression of a virtuoso who knew she was pushing each song toward gleefully unexpected places
The New York Times
An Afro-Cuban Ella Fitzgerald, scat-singing over her trio’s swaying rhumbas and cha-cha-chas, and radiating charisma An Afro-Cuban Ella Fitzgerald, scat-singing over her trio’s swaying rhumbas and cha-cha-chas, and radiating charisma
Downbeat
The most breakout talent that we’ve seen out of Cuba in recent years. The most breakout talent that we’ve seen out of Cuba in recent years.
Nate Chinen, NPR Music
Discography
Sonocardiogram
Sonocardiogram
2019
Brownswood Recordings
Line up

Daymé Arocena – vocals
Jorge Luis Lagarza - piano
Rafael Aldama – bass
Marcos Morales – drums

Availability

Territories:

Germany, Austria, Switzerland

2022 June, July, August
Contact
Frank Abraham
Frank Abraham
Managing Director, Head of A&R Global Pop Music, Booking Agent
fa@f-cat.de / +49 30 26 103 29 21
Ibrahim Bilen
Ibrahim Bilen
Booking Agent
ibrahim@f-cat.de / +49 30 26 103 29 22

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