At 23 years, Daymé Arocena is a skilful, charismatic presence in Cuban music. Her powerful voice and her ability to absorb music of any kind, particularly jazz and Cuban neo-soul, with her devotion for Afro-Cuban culture, made her into one of the most exciting artists of Cuban contemporary scene.
In the beginning of her musical academic career she tried one’s luck with different instruments like piano, violin and guitar, until she decides on choir directing, when she realized that her voice it was her best instrument.
Her work attracts the attention of organizers of Havana Cultura, a platform for the promotion of contemporary Cuban culture, that invite her to became part of Havana Cultura Mix, that had as result “Havana Cultura Mix – The Soundclash!”, an album produced by the DJ Gilles Peterson, who call DJs around the world to work with Cuban musicians. In the end, she sung on three tracks on the album, including the massive “U Knew Before”.
After her participation in Havana Cultura Mix, Gilles Peterson decide join her to the catalogue of her record label Brownswood Recordings, where she made her debut in the beginning of 2015 with an EP entitled “The Havana Cultura Sessions”, and later she made her first album as soloist, “Nueva Era”, which has attracted the attention of the public and critics in Europe and USA.