Mi Mundo Brenda Navarrete
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- 1Baba Elegguá02:00
- 2Rumbero Como Yo03:19
- 3Anana Oyé04:59
- 5Drume Negrita04:33
- 7Taita Bilongo03:42
- 8Mulata Linda03:44
- 10A Ochún05:03
Info for Mi Mundo
Mi Mundo introduces a shining new star on the world music firmament. This is the solo debut of Brenda Navarrete, a Cuban-based singer, songwriter, percussionist and bandleader of rare skill and musical originality.
The stylistically eclectic album features a variety of group settings, with the primary instruments consisting of drums, piano, electric bass and percussion, including bata and congas played by Navarrete.
Renowned special guests include Horacio ''El Negro'' Hernandez, Rodney Barreto and Jose Carlos on drums, Roberto Carcasses, Rolando Luna, Hilario Duran and Leonardo Ledesman on piano, Alain Perez on bass, Adonis Panter on quinto and Eduardo Sandoval on trombone.
Brenda's warm and fluent voice and songwriting ability that take center stage on Mi Mundo. A genuine highlight on an album devoid of low lights, A Ochun is a dynamic and delightful treat that begins with percussion and call and response vocals, which then fade away in favor of gentle piano and flute stylings. When I was a little girl, my sister and I loved to listen to jazz greats like Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. I also gravitated to artists like Nat King Cole, John Coltrane, Bobby McFerrin, Miles Davis, Yellow Jackets and Cassandra Wilson, but also BoyzII Men and Take 6. My home environment also featured music from great Cuban artists like Cecilia Cruz, Benny More and Celeste Mendoza. All those artists and musical styles have contributed to my musical growth since I was a child. I adore Cuban music, and mixing all of those styles together with traditional Cuban music is powerful and exhilarating. An example of this original and compelling fusion is Caravana, Brenda's distinctive take on the Duke Ellington classic Caravan.
Brenda Navarrete's focus is now firmly set on Mi Mundo. This beautiful expression of her musical universe is now going out into the world, and it deserves your close attention.
Brenda Navarrete, lead vocals, coro, batá drums, percussion
Melvis Santa, coro
Luis Orbegoso, coro
Munir Hossn, bass, guitar, percussion
Adonis Panter, percussion, quinto
Osaín del Monte, percussion
Pete Locket, tablas, percussion
Adel Gonzáles, percussion
Guillermo Del Toro, percussion
Roberto Carcassés, piano
Hilario Durán, piano
Rolando Luna, piano
Leonardo F. Gil Milian, piano
Alain Pérez, bass, coro
Michel Salazar Delgado, bass
José Carlos Sánchez Portilla, drums
Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernández, drums
Rodney Barreto, percussion, drums
Josué Borges Maresma, flute, harmonica
Tommy Lawrie, trumpet
Eduardo Sandoval, trombone
is one of Cuba’s great young talents and a legitimate rising star in Havana and across the country, where she has been heating up stages and airwaves for quite some time. Her resume includes collaborations with Cuba’s music elite. From her beginnings at the Manuel Saumell Elementary School of Music at age 9, Brenda set her sights on percussion and a career in music. She moved on to graduate from Cuba’s prestigious Amadeo Roldán Music Conservatory in 2009, earning accreditations as an instrumentalist, ensemble and percussion instructor. Working with an array of renowned artists, including the Afro-Cuban percussion troupe, Obini Bata, Jazz musician Joaquin Betancourt, Alain Perez, Munir Hossn and as a singer with the internationally acclaimed band Interactivo, led by Roberto Carcasses, Brenda has made her mark as an accomplished singer, percussionist, composer and arranger.
During Cuba’s prestigious Fiesta del Tambor, Brenda won 1st place in the Bata drum category for best interpretation by a female artist. Her percussion skills have earned her an artist endorsement deal with the Gon Bops family one of the oldest and most respected manufacturers of Latin instruments in the world. Brenda has performed at the Spanish embassy in Havana as part of a tribute to Paco de Lucia, appearing alongside artists including Alain Pérez, Adonis & Osain del Monte, Benji Habichuela, Maite Hontelé and more. She also appeared at the Havana International Jazz Festival.
Building on a solid foundation of Latin Jazz and Afro-Cuban influences, Brenda has spread her wings with her most recent project Mi Mundo (ALMA Records). Released worldwide in January 2018, it was recorded in Havana with producer Peter Cardinali, award-winning engineer John “Beetle” Bailey, and an all-star cast of Cuban instrumentalists including Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez and Hilario Durán.
Brenda is preparing to bring her unique interpretation of contemporary World Music to the global stage in 2018 – tour dates include Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Canada, the United States and more!