The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors Daymé Arocena and Roberto Fonseca at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

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      On April 15 at 7 p.m., the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts presents Afro-Cuban neo-soul singer Daymé Arocena and Havana-born piano virtuoso Roberto Fonseca in the Chan Shun Concert Hall.

      Born in Havana in 1992, Arocena is a vocalist, composer, bandleader, and choir director best known for her unique, soulful mix of jazz, rumba, and Cuban neo-soul inspired by chants from the Afro-Cuban Santeria religion.

      Described as “one of the most gifted, adventurous spirits of his generation” by The Observer, Fonseca developed his piano chops during the 15 years he spent with his band Temperamento. After a series of solo albums, Fonseca found international fame when he was recruited by Buena Vista Social Club to replace Rubén Gonzalez following the pianist’s death in 2003.

      "Cuba has gifted the world with a variety of music—from mambo and conga, to son cubano and cha-cha-cha, influences of which can be found across so many different genres of music today,” says Joyce Hinton, Co-Managing Director of the Chan Centre. “Fonseca and Arocena are two of their country’s most talented and talked-about musicians, following in the footsteps of greats such as the late Celia Cruz and Bébo Valdez to bring a new and thrilling Cuban sound to the international spotlight.”

      Tickets for Daymé Arocena and Roberto Fonseca start at $38 and are available at the Chan Centre box office, or by calling 604-822-2697. For more information, visit the Chan Centre website.