With her captivating charisma and radiant spirit, Daymé Arocena effortlessly blends traditional Santerian chant, jazz stylings, contemporary R&B influences, and Afro-Cuban rhythmic complexity for audiences worldwide. Her passion for the musical traditions of her homeland is boundless – ‘reigniting the Cuban soundtrack wherever she plays’ (NPR). At every performance, Daymé coaxes her audiences into lively call-and-response chants with an irrepressible smile on her face, enamoring the whole audience in her charm. ‘Scat-singing over her trio’s swaying rhumbas and cha-cha-chas,’ (DownBeat), Daymé’s impact upon the history of Cuban music is undeniable.
Daymé was introduced to the world stage through Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Mix project, which brought producers from around the world to Cuba to record with local musicians. Daymé enchanted a packed audience at the London launch of that album, and since then has released four breathtaking albums as a bandleader, including 2017’s Cubafonía – named one of The Arts Desk’s best albums of 2017. NPR claims there’s ‘never a dull moment’ on the recording, and Billboard sums it up perfectly: Cubafonia is a ‘must-have on any playlist.’ Daymé looks forward to the release of a new album in 2019.
Carol C (of Si*Sé)
Carol C is the lead singer and co-founder of the popular NYC-based electro soul band Si*Sé. With a musical style the Los Angeles Times described as “edgier than Sade, but more accessible than Everything But The Girl”, Carol helped Si*Sé gain the attention of David Byrne of Talking Heads back in 2001. He quickly signed them to his Luaka Bop label and took them along on his Look Into The Eyeball world tour.
Already established in NYC’s music scene as a globetrotting drum & bass DJ and party promoter since before the band’s inception, the success of Si*Sé made Carol C’s vocals, songwriting, and impeccable ear for production high in demand. Collaborations with David Byrne, Thievery Corporation, The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Federico Aubele, Madrid De Los Austrias, Ursula 1000, and King Britt soon followed. Her work with Nickodemus of the popular Turntables On The Hudson parties yielded “Cleopatra In New York”, a huge favorite of chill out, lounge, and world music compilations worldwide. In the past year Carol has also become an intricate part of Bjork’s Biophilia project, teaching music theory to elementary school students throughout New York City.
Though her work with Si*Sé continues, Carol’s solo performance will give audiences a chance to experience something different. A collection of brand new originals and reworked favorites from her diverse body of work, many of which have never before been performed live, will be brought to life in Carol C’s own unique vocal style.
“Carol C is like a modern-day Elysian goddess, wooing and wailing over atmospheric electronic vibes.” — CMJ
“Her combination of passion and softness and her tranquil poetry—which flows as if heated by an internal, inquisitive burning—make[s] the heart melt.” — XLR8R
“Singer/DJ Carol C’s voice evokes a sophisticated sensuality.” — Giant Step