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‘Tributo a las Divas Cubanas’ comes to the Harris Center

Cuban born vocalist Yordamis Megret kicks off the  “Tributo a las Divas Cubanas” at Harris Center for the Arts on Friday, June 27 at 8 p.m.

Fans of Afro-Cuban-Latin music who love high-energy performances will be treated to the exciting song stylings of  Megret, as she takes audiences on an electrifying musical journey backed by the West Coast Salsa Orchestra, Megret pays homage to legendary Cuban Divas Celia Cruz, La Lupe, Celeste Mendoza, and Graciela as the first performer in Harris Center for the Arts’ Four Slices of Cuba, a Cuban music festival.

Megret was born in the province of Oriente in Cuba where she enchanted all kinds of audiences acting and singing at Teatro Guiñol from the age of 5.

In 1995 at 18, she graduated from Havana’s esteemed music academy, Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA) (National School of Arts) and shortly after her graduation Yordamis performed at a “Contest of Singers” in Havana. As a result, this beautiful Cuban talent quickly gained notice and she was provided opportunities to perform internationally.

Megret was first introduced to international audiences in countries such as Mexico and Guatemala. She sang with several bands like PG, directed by prestigious musician Jose Luis Cortes, founder and leader of NG La Banda.

Later, in 1998 she became part of the well-known Orchestra Bamboleo after a long tour through Mexico with former musicians of Roberto Faz Orchestra.

As one of Bamboleo’s front singers, Yordamis Megret sang on the latest CD recordings, played in concerts and shared stages with Latin icons such as Gilberto Santa Rosa, DLG, Albita Rodriguez and Charlie Saa, among others.

In 2002, after four years of successful tours and performances with Bamboleo, Megret launched her solo career, remaining in the United States to work on her new dreams and ambitions. While in Miami, she shared the stage with former singer of Los Van Van, Israel Kantor and trombone player and director Juan Pablo Torres.

Megret currently works as a classical guitar teacher as well as the lead singer for her own orchestra.

The concert is a tribute to these stars of the Cuban firmament:

Celia Cruz, one of the most popular salsa artists of the 20th century, she earned 23 gold albums and was renowned internationally as the “Queen of Salsa,” “La Guarachera de Cuba,” as well as the Queen of Latin Music.

La Lupe was a Cuban singer of several musical genres: boleros, guarachas and Latin Soul in particular. Known for her energetic, sometimes controversial performances, she is considered by many to be one of the leading singers in the salsa music genre. She was the first Latin singer to sell out a concert event at Madison Square Garden.

Celeste Mendoza is best known for her singing of guaguancos, the music of the street rumbas, a form of music previously almost exclusively associated with male singers. Although initially beginning her career as a dancer she made a series of recordings with Bebo Valdez’s orchestra and Ernesto Duarte Brito’s band. She appeared at the Olympia in Paris with the Orquesta Aragón and Los Zafiros as part of the show Gran Music Hall de Cuba and went on to record with Los Papines and Clave Y Guaguanco in later years.

Graciela is often called the First Lady of Latin Jazz. She was primarily known for her tremendous voice, risque and sassy stage presence and sexy double entendre lyrics. She performed with Mario Bauzá (originator of the genre of Afro-Cuban Jazz) in the world-renowned orchestra Machito and the Afro-Cubans.

“Tributo a las Divas Cubanas — A Tribute to The Cuban Divas” will be presented at the Harris Center, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on Friday, June 27, at 8 p.m.

Tickets are priced at $19 to $29 and premium are $39, students with ID are $12. Tickets are available online at harriscenter.net or from Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket.

Other events that are part of the Four Slices of Cuba series include Omar Sosa, Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas and Piloto Y Klimax.

For further details visit harriscenter.net.

Harris Center for the Arts

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