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Eme Alfonso, a Cuban singer-songwriter, combines her roots with electronic sounds, world percussion and Afro-Cuban legends.
The American NPR and the British BBC identified her as “A promise of Latin music.”
She won the Cubadisco Award (Cuban Music Award) with her two albums, “Señales” and “Eme”.
Her third album was produced by the Brazilian producer Alê Siqueira and recorded in Cuba and Brazil. This album will be released in Autumn 2018.
She has been part of important projects to promote Cuba’s cultural diversity, such as “Para Mestizar”, sponsored by UNESCO. She is the Artistic Director of the Havana World Music International Festival, supported by the Cuban Ministry of Culture.
Eme comes from a family of influential musicians who were pioneers in mixing Afro-Cuban music with rock and jazz. She was part of the symbolic band “Síntesis”, directed by her parents, nominated for the Latin Grammys in 2001.
When she started her solo carrier in 2008, she inherited the ability to mix the sounds of her island with other extended genres and achieved a unique sound in her music. Eme has a warm and vibrant voice at the same time, she carries her musical heritage strongly, and her energy shakes all the stages in which she acts.
The band that accompanies her is formed by extraordinary Cuban musicians who are accomplices of the bipolar arrangements of the artist.
Eme won the Cubadisco Award in 2010 and 2013 for “Best Fusion Album”. She co-writes with X Alfonso and Pedro Luis Ferrer in her second album and counts on “El Ruzzo” (artist of Orishas), Harold López-nussa and Diana Fuentes as guest artists.
Her third album, “Voy”, was recorded in Cuba and Brazil in 2017. Alê Siqueira, the renowned Brazilian producer, produces it. This album is the search by the artist and the producer to reach a different sound of the Afrocuban roots of Cuban music. For that reason, they enrich the arrangements with new electronic sounds, contrasting harmonies and rhythms from worldwide. “Voy” has been nominated for Cubadisco Awards in the Fusion Category and obtained excellent reviews, categorized by the Cuban Magazine AMPM as “Eme Alfonso’s wonder record”.
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