World Voices

Omara Portuondo

Cuban diva Omara Portuondo became a global superstar following her show stealing performances in Wim Wender's film The Bueno Vista Social Club. Dubbed Cuba's very own Edith Piaf, Omara Portuondo has been thrilling audiences in the cabarets and night spots of Havana with the passionate and moving honesty of her voice for more than half a century. In the 1940s and '50s, she was the velvet voice of the jazz/bossa nova inspired genre known as filin.

She has long been Cuba's favourite musical sweetheart and her Galway performances coincides with the release of her long-awaited new album recorded with Brazilian chateuse Maria Bethania, entitled Maria Bethania and Omara Portuondo.