ESPAÑOL/ENGLISH Desde que se inició en 1980, Xiomara Laugart ha sido laureada en tres festivales nacionales de la canción ( Guzmán ) y tres festivales internacionales : URSS, Sochi 81, Polonia , Sopot 85 y Alemania, Dresde 86. Xiomara Laugart es fascinante para quienes la escuchan y seductora para quienes tienen la oportunidad de escucharla y verla en la escena. Ella desata su tempestad ancestral y nos hace cómplices de su canto y su carisma. Escenario scomo Bélgica, Francia, España, México, Japón, Alemania, Colombia, Holanda entre otros, han sido inundados con su voz. Su repertorio viaja del son a la guaracha, de la tonada al bolero, con exquisita selección de autores cubanos como Bola de Nieve, Silvio Rodríguez, Pablo Milanés, Alberto Tosca, Gerardo Alfonso, entre otros. Los músicos empastan su sonoridad a las potencialidades vocales e interpretativas de la artista, creando un ambiente musical novedoso y comunicativo. Este disco contiene una rigurosa selección, donde Xiomara demuestra su acertada vocación por las obras cubanas y su especial manera de darlos en la canción. Ella es única modulando espacios sonoros, única expresando emociones, única abriendo toda el alma para entregarla en armonías y ritmos. Una voz sencillamente privilegiada y un desenvolvimiento escénico pleno de sensualidad criolla y sentimiento cubano, ubican a la joven cantante entre las más connotadas de todos los tiempos, con razón el trovador cubano Pablo Milanés la considera una de las mejores voces femeninas de América Latina. Xiomara es una auténtica defensora de los géneros de la canción cubana. En conciertos, "la negra "se entrega al auditorio con su expresión jovial y espontánea, ora baila con el trompetista de su grupo, ora pide que se ilumine todo para disfrutar a todas luces del baile del público, ora hace que todos canten... ora todos quedan en silencio para escucharla cantar"Oh, melancolía "o" Se fué ". Y el silencio es violado luego con el aplauso desmedido y violento de quienes definitivamente han quedado hechizados y no pueden menos que amarla. Actualmente representa a la Reina de la Salsa, Celia Cruz, en el musical que narra su vida, en Broadway, New York. _________________________________________________________________________________ Xiomara Laugart is Cuban. This alone makes her a competitor in the music industry. She was born with a fusion of rhythms in her veins. Moreover, Xiomara Laugart is a "Guantanamera," also the name of a quintessential Cuban folk song. Guantánamo is the easternmost province in Cuba, where even the palm trees sing and dance. A Star is Born At the age of 15 she began her career. Soon thereafter, her voice was considered a true prodigy that allowed her to perform the most diverse genres. She performed several different expressions of traditional and contemporary Cuban music. During the 1980s, she entered the “Adolfo Guzmán” Contest for Cuban music where she was granted the highest award. From that day on, she became one of the most brilliant representatives of Cuban song. She received invitation after invitation to perform all over the world. She took the world by storm, taking home many international awards (1980, Sochi Russia; Sopot Festival 1985, Poland; Dresden Festival 1986, Germany, and others). Xiomara had been performing at the largest of venues in Cuba for years, performing with the biggest talents around. Yet she longed for a deeper sense of artistic expression, which she found difficult to develop in the oppresive climate in Cuba. Her dream was to go to the United States and fill the creative void in her soul with her music, the best music she could make. Success is Written in the Stars After having recorded self-titled albums in Cuba, she moved to Rome and later to New York. Soon, Xiomara was invited to be the guest singer on two jazz albums, “Deep Rumba” by Kip Hanrahan and “Latin Lullaby” by Ellipsis Art, and on Jacky Terrason’s new album “What it is” released in April of 1999 by Blue Note Records. She also was featured in the first single from the recent album by Fun Loving Criminals released worldwide in 2001. Laugart's monthly showcases at New York City's famed underground Zinc Bar have been called legendary. She has flooded the stage with her power voice in the United States, France, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Russia, Finland, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Mexico, Colombia, and others. Obviously, we are not in presence of a common manifactured phenomenon. This singer has a peculiar mastery to reveal, not only her vocal virtues, and flexibility, but a special sound, fluently “liquid” and garrulous. Her range is such that the jazz influences seem to be a natural extension of her repertoire. She takes on each style of music and embraces it with her own stamp and authentic flare. A Light that Never Fades Xiomara is both the essence of the Cuba of old, with its rhythmic folk songs, fused with a blend of today’s directness and clarity of voice, which is eventually matched with her deep laugh. It is that distinctive laugh that will soon captivate American audiences from all walks of life with her swing style in all of her Cuban splendor. Xiomara is currently a vocalist in Yerba Buena, whose first album "President Alien" was nominated for a Grammy. The songs from this first album have been used in Pepsi commericals, and in movies, such as Havana Nights. Yerba Buena is celebrating the recent release of their second album "Island Life," which is a brilliant mix of rhythms to which Xiomara adds her African and Caribbean legacy. 2005 Critics say: “Xiomara’s melodious voice resounds in high register and she shows a vivid, exceptional sense of rhythm.” “Xiomara’s seductive style left its indelible mark on Cuba for a decade, leaving behind scores of fans in her wake.”“Xiomara, “la negra” (the black girl) as this young singer is affectionately called by her legion of followers, manages to sing every style from her homeland with ease, from bolero to salsa to danzon to guaracha to funky dance tunes.” “She had a unique blend of rawness, and her voice possesses a liquid quality rarely found in singers today.” Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.