Winners of the 2016 CUBADISCO Award for best vocal group, the Vocal Vidas are a female a cappella quartet from Santiago de Cuba – the cradle of Afro-Cuban music. Their infectious spirit, precise vocal harmonies, and a melting pot of references embody the sounds of Cuba. In April 2017, the Vocal Vidas launched their first album on the Egrem label in Cuba. They are elated to be making their first visit to the United States to perform in Los Angeles. In 2016, they were the subject of the award winning short documentary, Soy Cubana.The Vocals Vidas have had extensive musical training in Cuba. In a country in which artistic training and support are available to those who have potential, where individuals with talent are able to achieve in their field, the Vidas are able to work as full-time musicians. The government provides housing, health care, and a monthly income. At the same time, difficulties of life in Cuba, from shortages of material goods to scarcity consistent internet and even electricity, inform their daily lives.
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Founded in 1995, Septeto Santiaguero is Cuba’s Grammy-nominated son music ensemble direct from La Casa de la Trova in Santiago de Cuba. Latin-Grammy winners in 2015 and hugely successful showcase at globalFEST 2017 in NYC. New recording to be released mid-2017.
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FRIENDS OF THE VOCAL VIDAS
Laura & Harvey Alpert
Miles & Joni Benickes
Natalie & David Bergeson
Iona & Peter Tompkins
Mitzi & Harry Glassman
Steven Sanders & Madelyn Simon
Stuart & Moira Tenzer