#AFROCUBAN SUMMER SUNDAYS AT MOLAA {Tribute To The Cuban Divas} Yordamis will be available for interviews

#AFROCUBAN SUMMER SUNDAYS AT MOLAA {Tribute To The Cuban Divas} Yordamis will be available for interviews






Vesper Public Relations. Los Angeles, CA– May , 2014. The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, CA, in collaboration with Yambu Productions, presents Summer Sundays at MOLAA, a 2014 summer concert series showcasing Afro-Cuban music. In keeping with their tradition of promoting Latin culture, MOLAA will offer four live performances featuring contemporary artists, each celebrated and recognized for their contributions to the preservation of the traditional sounds of Afro-Cuban music. During concert intermissions, guests will enjoy the salsa and bachata sounds of DJ JOJO and his Mambo Madness. 

June 22

Tributo a las Divas Cubanas (Tribute to the Cuban Divas)

Cuban vocalist and former member of Bamboleo, Yordamis, will pay a musical homage to legendary Cuban troubadours: Celia Cruz, La Lupe, Celeste Mendoza, and Graciela. In a genre dominated by men, these chanteuses proved to be as formidable as their male counterparts. Backed by the West Coast Salsa Orchestra, Yordamis will perform the songs that have memorialized each Diva in her ownright and continue to be steadfast favorites.

YordamisMegret was born in the province of Oriente in Cuba. She made her debut at the age of 5 as a singer at TeatroGuiñol in her hometown. In 1995 she graduated with honors from National School of Art in Havana. In Cuba, Yordamis worked with NG La Banda director, Jose Luis “El Tosco” Cortes, as well as Orchestra Bamboleo. After four years of successful tours and performances with Bamboleo she launched her solo career, remaining in the United States. Yordamis, now a resident of Miami, Florida currently works as a classical guitar teacheras well as the lead singer for her own orchestra.

July 20

A Charanga Soiree

New York’s OrquestaTipica Novel, is a favorite of aficionados of charanga. Charanga is the traditional Cuban dance music made popular in the 1940’s. This son-influenced musical genre is marked with the strong presence of violins and flute. This performance will mark OrquestaTipica Novel’s 50th Anniversary.

Tipica Novel, also known as OrquestaTipica Novel was formed in New York City in May of 1965. From the beginning, Tipica Novel became one of the favorites in the “Big Apple’s” Latin dance scene. During the 70’s and 80’s Tipica Novel was recognized as a musical institution. Because of their danceable melodies, fiery rhythms and long list of greatest hits, dancers from all around the country quickly embraced the band.To this day, throughout Latin America, the band is still regarded as one of the best Charanga bands.

August 17

Remembering the Palladium Days (Part Deux)

MOLAA pays tribute to the days of one of New York’s most celebrated dance halls, the Palladium, and the kings of Afro Caribbean swing, with a live performance featuring GRAMMY AWARD WINNING vocalist, Herman Olivera and Freddie Crespo’s Mambo Revue Orchestra performing the music of the “Big Three”, Machito, Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez.

Considered by critics as one of today’s most representative salsa singers, Herman Olivera began singing professionally with local New York bands at the tender age of 15. He would then be afforded the opportunity to sing lead vocals with ConjuntoLibre under the direction of Manny Oquendo and Andy Gonzalez.  After two decades with ConjuntoLibre, Olivera worked regularly with Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, Bobby Rodriguez y La Compañia and The Machito Orchestra. He currently performs with Eddie Palmieri’s Orchestra and is featured on five of Palmieri’s CD’s, including “Masterpiece/ObraMaestra” with the late, great Tito Puente, which earned two Grammys.  


September 28

Benny Moré, Que Bueno Canta Usted!

Featuring internationally celebrated percussionists, Lucas Van Merwijk and Calixto Oviedo, backed by the Cal State University Los Angeles Afro Latin Ensemble, the group will evoke the nostalgia of the big band era, while paying homage to one of Cuba’s celebrated bandleaders, Benny Moré.

Elected ‘Best Jazz Drummer’ and ‘Best Fusion Drummer’ in the Benelux countries for several years, Lucas van Merwijk has been at the forefront of the European and Latin jazz scene for over 25 years. After an intensive study of Afro-Cuban drums in Cuba in the early 80’s, Lucas van Merwijk has been involved with various projects, such as the world-percussion ensemble Drums United, Van Merwijks Music Machine, Drumix!and Cubop City Big Band, the 20-piece salsa and Latin jazz group. Currently,Van Merwijk teaches drums and percussion,as a member of the staff, at both the World Music department of the Rotterdam CODARTS Conservatory as well as the Jazz department of the Amsterdam Conservatory.  This performance marks his Los Angeles debut.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Calixto Oviedo is considered by the critics as the creator of the new Cuban sound called “Timba”. During his 40 years as a professional musician, Oviedo has had the opportunity to work and perform internationally with music stars like, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval and Chucho Valdes among others.

These events are sponsored in part by: KJAZZ 88.1 FM www.jazzandblues.org,KPFK 90.7 FM www.kpfk.org, Jack Daniel’s and El Jimador.

Tickets: General Admission reserved seating, $40 – Standing Room Only, $30

To purchase tickets, or for more information, call (562) 437-1689 or visit http://www.molaa.org/concertseries.aspx


Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, Calif. 90802

Hours: Sun., Wed., Thurs. and Sat., 11:00am – 5:00pm, Friday, 11:00am – 9:00pm

Admission: $9.00 General/ $6.00 Students (w/ID) and seniors (65+) Members and kids under 12 Free

Free Admission every Sunday sponsored by Target

Info: (562) 437-1689 or www.molaa.org 

About the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)

The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) was founded in 1996 in Long Beach, California and serves the greater Los Angeles area. MOLAA is the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art. Since its inception, MOLAA has doubled in size and continues to expand its permanent collection, ranging from works by Tamayo and Matta to Cruz-Diez, Los Carpinteros and Tunga.  With its physical expansion complete, MOLAA’s focus is on strengthening its position as a multidisciplinary institution providing cross-cultural dialogue.  

Calendar listing

Event:                                     Summer Sundays at MOLAA – A concert series showcasing Afro-Cuban music.


Place:                                     The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)

628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802


Date:                                      Sunday, June 22 | Yordamis | A Musical Tribute to the Cuban Divas

Sunday, July 20 | OrquestaTipica Novel | A Charanga Soiree

Sunday, August 17 | Herman Olivera | Remembering the Palladium Days (Part Deux)

Sunday, September 28 | Lucas Van Merwijk | Benny Moré, Que Bueno Canta Usted!


Time:                                      Doors open at 3:00 PM.

Concerts begin at 4:00PM


Ticket Information:              General Admission reserved seating, $40 – Standing Room Only, $30

Tickets are available for purchase at MOLAA during Museum hours, by calling (562) 437-1689 or online at www.molaa.org.http://www.molaa.org/concertseries.aspx


More Information:               www.facebook.com/yambuprodpresents


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