Old School meets New School


This video is a tribute to Daisy Diaz, born in Havana, May 3, 1931, who passed away on April 12, 2007. She was a great singer, yet nobody ever heard her gift. Having never pursued singing professionally, she will forever belong to the vast brotherhood of unknown voices that remained in Cuba. Producer Rene Espi says Daisy never used her voice in public aside from her “group of Bohemian friends, convening with the gulp of rum, and a night willing to be flooded with songs”. Today, Daisy would be 85 years old.

In lieu of a body of work, Daisy instead, left behind this one recording — a sonic experiment created with a young Cuban recording artist, Diana Fuentes. The two women recorded this bolero one night in Havana, just before Daisy passed away.

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Diana is part of the new breed of artists coming out of Cuba today. She happened to grow up during the Special Period in the 90’s (Cuba’s worst economic crisis). Diana got her start singing professionally in 2001, singing and touring with X Alfonso and the group Sintesis. In 2006 she joined Carlos Varela’s Nueva Banda. The young Diana is a big fan of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, and we’re rooting for her career to flourish in a myriad of ways.

The track is a classic example of “old-school-meets-new-school”, one voice lifting the other into ethereal realms. The legendary art school of Cuba, ISA, was behind the video interpretation of this track (which was created shortly after Daisy’s passing, thus the creative resolution). The result? “A duo of Luxury” says Rene.

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