Omara Portuondo to Give Her 'Last Kiss' to Audiences on Final Tour

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Omara Portuondo performs during the 34th International Jazz Plaza Festival at Teatro Nacional on Jan. 17, 2019 in Havana, Cuba. 

Omara Portuondo, the 88-year-old Cuban legend known to many as the female voice of the Buena Vista Social Club, has announced an international tour that she says will be her final one.

The Omara is Cuba – The Last Kiss”tour will kick off on April 19 at the Regent Theatre in Los Angeles, and travel to New York, Los Angeles and a handful of other U.S. cities. The tour, scheduled through July, also includes various dates in France, Spain, Poland, Korea and Austria, as well as stops in London and Toronto. See the complete schedule here.

Portuondo has been touring frequently ever since the Buena Vista Social Club performed its first shows in 1998; with BVSC and also attracting sold-out crowds as a solo headliner around the globe.

While her renown in recent years began with her recording of the bolero “Veinte Años” on the first Buena Vista album, Portuondo was hardly an unknown when she was recruited to be part of that Ry Cooder-produced recording that would become a household name.

An integral member of Havana’s mid-Twentieth-Century jazz scene, she sang with the pioneering vocal group Las D’Aida, and made her mark as solo artist with her 1960 album Magía Negra, whose title track is a vanguard Cuban version of “That Old Black Magic.”  

On her upcoming tour, Portuondo will perform with a quartet that includes pianist Roberto Fonseca, who has accompanied her on past world tours.


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