Playing tracks by
Omara Portunodo, Omara Portuondo, Maria Teresa Vera, Rubén González, Ibrahim Ferrer and more.
Omara Portuondo recently came to L.A. on the U.S. tour of the newly regrouped Buena Vista Social Club. We sat down to talk in her Hollywood hotel room. After our conversation, I put together this biographical playlist. With twenty tracks, it’s really just an introduction to Omara Portuondo’s life in song. It starts with her killer version of “Killing Me Softly”, and includes songs recorded by her Buena Vista colleagues and her old friend Bebo Valdes, influences like Lena Horne, whose "Stormy Weather" she covered after seeing the movie in Havana. Also a preview of her latest album with pianist Chucho Valdes, “Omara & Chucho”. It’s not out in the States yet but you can listen to it in this mix.
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