daymé arocena | cubafonía

July 13, 2017

The unparalleled Daymé draws on sacred Afro-Cuban rhythms and horn-driven jazz in her new album: an ode to Cuba. This short doc takes a look behind the scenes at the making of her sophomore effort. 

Daymé Arocena is one to watch. Born of a uniquely musical culture, she strives to forge a cohesive musical language from Cuba’s distinct musical dialects. Watch the short documentary above for a look behind the scenes at the making of her sophomore album, Cubafonia - made under the guidance of her mentor Giles Peterson. 

"With Cuba poised to become more connected to the rest of the world, the Cuban people’s pride in a unique musical heritage has never felt more vital. Arising from that lineage, Daymé Arocena has returned to deliver an ambitious second record; rooting her compositions in Cuba’s classic rhythms, Daymé encompasses the rich, diverse musical make-up of her home whilst looking outward too – to the world she has spent the last two years traveling. 

Interviewing Daymé at the Sound of Cuba showcase at SXSW last year, NPR wrote, “It is hard to imagine a better voice to open her country’s gates” – and it feels like this statement holds true. Ambitious, hardworking, and hungry for cultural exchange that doesn’t compromise the unique flavour of her home country of which she is so proud, it feels like 2017 could be a monumental year for Daymé. She possesses a clear sense of her music’s intermingling influences: “We don't have this native culture,” she explains. “We don't have indigenous people, like Maya or Quechua. They made a country with people from everywhere – that’s what makes Cuban culture so different."

For the music click here:

Director: Savanah Leaf
Producer: Stephanie Paeplow
Production Company: Greatcoat Films
Director’s Rep: DirtyWork

Production Manager: Talía Bustamante
Director of Photography: Hector David Rosales
Focus Puller: Douglas Fernandez
Wardrobe (Artist): Laura Diaz Ravelo
Make Up Artist (Artist): Pavel Marrero

Dancer: Jose Zandoval

Editor: Jen Tividad @ Stitch
Colourist: Oisin O'Driscoll @ The Mill
Label: Brownswood Recordings