Photo by Johann Sauty


Omara Portuondo: Last Kiss

May 4
7:30 p.m.
Latin, Singer-Songwriter, World

Cuban diva Omara Portuondo was an original member of the Buena Vista Social Club, the ’90s phenomenon that shed light on classic Cuban music and a generation of musicians obscured by politics. This is the 88-year-old’s final global tour, dubbed Omara es Cuba—El Último Beso (The Last Kiss), but she insists she isn’t retiring. Supporting her will be renowned Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca’s trio (bassist Yandy Martinez, drummer Ruly Herrera), plus percussionist Andrés Coayo. On 2018’s Omara Siempre, her voice is rich and supple, marvelously negotiating the expansive repertoire’s exquisite nuances.