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Buena Vista Social Club’s Omara Portuondo announces final US tour

The 88-year-old Cuban diva launches her "Last Kiss" farewell tour beginning in April

Omara Portuondo
Omara Portuondo, photo by Johann Sauty

    Omara Portuondo, legendary Cuban diva and original member of Buena Vista Social Club, will embark on a final North American tour beginning in April.

    Portuondo’s “Last Kiss” farewell tour spans 11 dates, including shows in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Toronto, and Montreal. She’ll be joined on the road by a traditional piano/bass/drums/percussion lineup consisting of pianist Roberto Fonseca, Andres Coayo on percussion, Ruly Herrera on drums, and bassist Yandy Martinez.

    You can get tickets to Portuondo’s upcoming dates here.

    Now 88 years young, Portuondo has been an active force in music for over six decades. She began her career by joining her sister Haydee as a dancer at Havana’s famed Tropicana Club in 1950. In 1953, the pair shifted their focus to music, finding success with Cuban vocal group Cuarteto d’Aida. In 1996, Portuondo was featured on Ry Cooder’s critically acclaimed album Buena Vista Social Club, as well as in the accompanying Wim Wenders film of the same name, and remains the only original Buena Vista Social Club vocalist still performing with the group She released her latest album, Omara Siempre, last year.

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    Omara Portuondo 2019 Tour Dates:
    04/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater
    04/20 – Berkeley, CA @ Freight & Salvage
    04/23 – Vienna, VA @ Barns at Wolf Trap
    04/24 – Vienna, VA @ Barns at Wolf Trap
    04/26 – New York, NY @ Sony Hall
    04/28 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Bardavon 1869 Opera House
    05/01 – Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music
    05/02 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
    05/04 – St. Paul, MN @ Ordway Music Theatre
    06/26 – Toronto, ON @ Koerner Hall
    06/27 – Montreal, QC @ Maisonneuve Theatre de la Place des Arts

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