Daymé Arocena, "Yemayá" Part of Around the Globe with Take Five Playlist.

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Monday August 19, 2019


Around the Globe with Take Five: Monty Alexander, Eliane Elias, Dayme Arocena & More

“The spectacular Afro-Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena is hardly a best-kept-secret by now; perhaps you saw her Tiny Desk Concert, or heard her on this episode of Jazz Night in America. But there’s something about Arocena’s ongoing ascent that retains a quality of mystery, a sense that even if you know about her, there’s a lot about her that you still don’t know. A case in point would be this song, from her album Sonocardiogram, which releases on Brownswood Recordings on Sept. 6.

Arocena is devoted to the practice and worship of Santería, and her orisha is Yemayá, the goddess of the sea. (The cover of Sonocardiogram depicts her in the sea with a beatific expression, as if to embody this orisha herself.)

As for the musical character of ‘Yemayá,’ it’s a soulfully imploring song with a floaty rhythm and a melody that Arocena can really deliver. (Listen closely and there are moments when her vocal projection might remind you of a jazz singer, specifically Dianne Reeves.) ‘Yemayá’ is out now as part of an EP, Trilogía; order it here.”

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