The new album from Daymé Arocena is a vivid return to her Havana roots. Backed once again by a killer band of fellow Cuban musicians, the visionary singer, composer and songwriter has stripped everything back to the core.
Holding sessions in a simple, repurposed artist’s studio in Havana, Daymé and her band produced the record themselves, with her taking the reins to make “Sonocardiogram” her most raw and arresting outing yet. An important voice in Latin music, Daymé has collaborated with influential Cuban peers, like Chucho Valdés and Pedrito Martinez, and US heavyweights like Dexter Story and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. From a recent appearance at Primavera Festival, to sold out tours across Japan and the US, her spectacular live show continues to draw crowds around the world. She’s been featured in the New Yorker, as part of a feature on “A New Vanguard of Women in Cuban Jazz”, been profiled in gal-dem’s second print edition, and featured as the cover star of Boat Magazine. Her last album, “Cubafonía”, was lauded by Pitchfork, the Sunday Times, the Guardian and MOJO, amongst others. She’s performed on Boiler Room, on NPR’s iconic Tiny Desk Concert, and been supported on the radio by Mary Ann Hobbes on BBC 6 Music, Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2.