Xiomara Laugart

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Xiomara Laugart Sanchez is a Cuban singer currently based in Massachusetts.[1][2] Before emigrating to the United States, Laugart had an extensive career performing nueva trova music in Cuba and she has recorded over 17 albums.[3]

Early life[edit]

Xiomara Laugart was born in the Guantanamo province of Cuba.[2] She attended college and pursued a degree in Economics, then began her musical career through the nueva trova musical political protest movement, which was popular throughout the 1960s and 1990s.[2][4]

2003–05: Yerba Buena[edit]

Originally based in New York, Laugart was a founding member and lead singer of the Afro-Latin band, Yerba Buena.[3][5]

2007–08: Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz[edit]

In 2007, Laugart was cast as Celia Cruz in the Off-Broadway musical, Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz, a tribute to the life of the late Cuban-American singer. Celia ran at New World Stages in New York, New York from September 26, 2007 until May 25, 2008.[6] During that tour period, the musical made stops at: Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas, Washington, D.C., and Boston, as well as a South American tour.[1][7] The musical won four Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) awards in 2008.[6]

Discography[edit]

  • Xiomara (Chesky, 2006)
  • La Voz (Chesky, 2010)
  • Tears and Rumba (Chesky, 2015)[8]

With Yerba Buena

  • President Alien (2003)
  • Island Life (2005)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Arsht Center's Entertaining Summer". Miami Herald. Miami Herald. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Johnson, Catalina Maria. "Xiomara Laugart: The Voice of Cuba". Chicago Music. Archived from the original on April 12, 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Gans, Andrew. "Laugart Will Star in New Celia Musical; Casting Complete". Playbill. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Moore, Robin (2004). "Transformations in Cuban Nueva Trova, 1965-95". Ethnomusicology. 47 (1): 1–41. JSTOR 852510. 
  5. ^ Domínguez, Robert. "Xiomara Laugart's Honored and Nervous to Play Queen of Salsa Onstage". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Celia". Lortel Archives. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Celia Musical — Based on Life of Celia Cruz — to Play New World Stages". Playbill. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Xiomara Laugart | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 December 2016.