Omara Portuondo sings Cuban classics and boleros at Sony Hall in Times Square, NYC on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 8pm. $65
Omara Portuondo is a living legend from the glory days of The Tropicana in Havana, Cuba. At 88 (2019), she just keeps on going and keeps making great music. If you want the real thing, that’s Omara Portuondo. Her career spans the entire era of Cuban music as a world music.
She was born in Havana, Cuba in 1930. By the time she was 15, Omara was singing in the Las d’Aida quartet at Havana’s legendary Tropicana night club. She did that for 15 years.
In 1959, Omara released her first album, Magia Negra (Black Magic). In the 1970s, she sang with Orquesta Aragón.
In 1996, Omara recorded on the legendary Buena Vista Social Club album. That record brought old timers of Cuban music back out into the world. She then toured with the group.
She then recorded Desafios (1997) with Chucho Valdés, another Cuban music legend.
In 2004, Omara’s Flor de Amor was nominated for a Grammy. The next year she won a Billboard award for Best Tropical Album of the Year.
Omara Portuondo One Last Kiss Tour
Omara has done several farewell tours already, but she keeps on going. She proves that you can’t keep a good woman down.
Omara Portuondo Tickets
$65 general admission
Tickets are available at the door and online at www.sonyhall.com
235 West 46th St, New York, NY 10036
(near Eighth Avenue)
Times Square, NYC