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A Stylish Debut from Jazz Singer Daymé Arocena

July 15, 2016

This article is part of AQ's debut culture supplement, Cultura. To see the rest of the issue, click here

The 24-year-old Cuban singer Daymé Arocena has carved out a musical place for herself in the Afro-Cuban jazz world. Her voice is equally at home in ballads (“Niño,” a lilting lullaby, or “Come to Me,” whose harmonies harken back to Ella Fitzgerald’s late recordings in their chromatic, refreshing progressions and broad-stroke vocal phrasing) and in up-tempo songs (“El Ruso,” which opens with a generous...

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