Albita: Grammy-Winning Cuban Singer at Yoshi's in Oakland
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The last date listed for Cuban Singer Albita was Friday March 11, 2011 / 10:00pm.
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Great energy from the band and Albita. She has a set of pipes and the sound guy did not need to dial her mic so high, but nonetheless she was fantastic. The dancers loved the rhythm and kept the dance floor going the entire show. Excellent fun!!
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“The reincarnation of a 1930’s European chanteuse, a Berlin cabaret singer transfused with Latin blood." --Los Angeles Times
Hear Albita’s music at her website.
Honored with highest award given to selected artists in Cuba , the “National Culture Award of Cuba”, Grammy and Emmy-winning Albita is the most authentic Cuban singer hailing from Havana that has been able to move the world through her music. Albita is “the reincarnation of a 1930’s European chanteuse, a Berlin Cabaret singer transfused with Latin blood" says Los Angeles Times. As a young singer through her authentic roots, she made herself noticed by her dynamic contribution to the renovation of traditional Cuban music and adding a very personal style to her compositions, musical arrangements and singing.
Since arriving in Miami, FL in 1993, her electrifying and mesmerizing performance of contagious Cuban music has elevated her career to an international level, performing all throughout Europe, Latin America, Australia, Africa and Malaysia, where she has shared the stage with such greats as the late Celia Cruz, Tito Puentes, Oscar de Leon, Gilberto Gil, Juan Luis Guerra, Tito Nieves, Daniela Mercury, Miriam Makeeba, Phil Collins, Melissa Ethredge, and Tony Bennett.
While performing in Little Havana in Miami, she began to attract the attention of famous celebrities like, Gianni Versace, Quincy Jones, Madonna, Sly Stallone, Paco de Lucia, Marco Antonio Muniz, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, among others. Her high energy performance combines all genres of Cuban music: Rumba, Mambo, Son, Afro-Cuban rhythms and Folk. She does it with true authenticity to her Cuban roots. Her live performance is riveting and unforgettable, portraying a true artist who is here to stay.
Albita has recorded 8 albums in the states which all have been Grammy nominated. In the year 2004, she created her own independent record label, Angels’ Dawn Records, where she recorded and released the two time Grammy winning album titled “ALBITA LLEGO” which won in the category of “Best Contemporary Tropical Album of the Year” and for “Executive Producer” of the album.
In 2005, Albita signed a contract with producers from Broadway for a major role in the Musical Play “The Mambo Kings.” Albita’s role as Evalina Montoya received outstanding reviews portraying her as a charismatic and outstanding performer with a commanding presence on stage through the power of her voice and performance
Albita has performed in four presidential inaugurations. She was the Queen of Carnaval Calle Ocho for 2005, one of the largest Latin festivals in the United States attracting over 1 million people every year.
In 2008, Albita hosted her own national television show with MEGA TV called “La Descarga Con Albita.” It is a musical entertainment show where Albita interacts and performs with top international artists. Albita has won an Emmy award for “Best Arts & Entertainment Program,” and the show has won two Emmys for “Art Direction, Graphics and Animations.”
In 2009, Albita released her latest production called “Mis Tacones” which includes a duo with international singing sensation Gilberto Santa Rosa.
About the Ticket Supplier: Yoshi's Oakland
Yoshi’s began in 1972 as a small, North Berkeley sushi bar owned by it’s founder and namesake, Yoshie Akiba, alongside her two best friends Kaz Kajimura, a journalist and carpenter, and Hiroyuki Hori, a painter and Japanese cook. Over the next 40 years, Yoshi’s built itself into one of the world’s most respected jazz venues, earning a reputation as the Bay Area’s premier location for great Japanese cuisine and jazz music. Today, Yoshi’s is an award-winning 310-seat live performance venue with a state-of-the-art sound system and design, occupying 17,000 square feet in the heart of Oakland’s Jack London Square. Under the guidance of esteemed Artistic Director Michael Pritchard, the venue has expanded it’s focus to include broader genres suitable to a variety of musical tastes.