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Music of Alchemy/Música de Alkemi: Daymé Arocena in Conversation with Jason King

Friday, March 1, 2024 | 6PM EST
Hemispheric Institute, 20 Cooper Square, 5th FL.

Join us for this groundbreaking conversation between Afro-Cuban singer and composer Daymé Arocena and music scholar, journalist, and producer Jason King. The conversation celebrates the release of Alkemi (Brownswood Recordings) , Arocena’s breakthrough new album, her first since 2015.

Daymé Arocena is an award-winning Afro-Cuban jazz singer who has been compared to music divas Celia Cruz, Aretha Franklin, La Lupe, and Ella Fitzgerald, and has been described as Cuba's "finest young female singer". With almost 10 years of experience creating and performing World Music and Latin Jazz across 25 countries, Arocena is one of the most important contemporary voices in Afro-Latin Music.

Arocena and King will delve into the creation and composition of Alkemi and its fusion of neo soul singing, Afro-Caribbean beats, and slick new millennium pop. They will explore Arocena’s life story and genealogies and consider the challenges faced by Black artists who move across the boundaries of genre, language, and nation. They will talk about music, new and old grooves, new audiences, and what connects and separates Afro-Latin artists and the U.S. and global pop music market.

This event will be in English.

This is an in-person event that requires registration. All non-NYU attendees must RSVP in advance. Video documentation will be made available on the Institute website following the event.