Daymé Arocena

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Daymé Arocena in concert, Philadelphia 2016

Daymé Arocena (born January 1992) is an Afro-Cuban jazz singer from Havana,[1][2][3] who has been described as Cuba's "finest young female singer."[4] She won the 2015 Juno Award for the best jazz album, as a member of the jazz band Maqueque performing with Canadian musician Jane Bunnett.[5]

Arocena is on National Public Radio's (NPR) list of 50 favourite albums of 2015, with the album Nueva Era.[6] Describing Arocena's voice, NPR host Felix Contreras called her "a cross between Celia Cruz and Aretha Franklin," saying that Arocena's name "deserve[d] to be alongside those two legendary voices."[6]

Arocena began performing semi-professionally when she was eight years old; at the age of 14, she became the lead singer of the band Los Primos. She is considered a musical prodigy, and is a trained composer, arranger, choir director, and band leader, in addition to being a singer.[3]

Arocena is a strong believer in Santeria, an Afro-Caribbean religion based on Yoruba principles; to mark her faith, she frequently performs wearing a turban and dressed in white.[3]


  1. ^ Pareles, Jon (23 March 2016). "Review: Daymé Arocena Mixes a Cosmopolitan Vibe With an Earthy Tone". New York Times Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  2. ^ Brown, August (29 March 2016). "Review Daymé Arocena brings exultant Afro-Cuban rumba to Eagle Rock". LA Times Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Dayme Arocena Is The World's Next Jazz Phenomenon". Vibe. 2016-09-29. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  4. ^ Denselow, Robin (2017-03-16). "Daymé Arocena: Cubafonia review – Cuba's finest young female singer". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  5. ^ "Jane Bunnett & Maqueque Win 2015 Juno". Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  6. ^ a b "NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2015". Retrieved 2017-04-28.