Daymé Arocene headlines The Forge, Camden

Daymé Arocena’s music and presence instils a falsified image of seniority in the mind. After seeing her as the female protagonist of Gilles Peterson’s excellent new documentary on Cuban rumba, it was a shock to find she’s in fact the ripe age of 22. Another welcome surprise was learning that she’s playing in Camden this Friday at The Forge.

For those that don’t know, Arocena’s music bases around Santeria, the Afro-Carribean religion she’s devoted to, but also skilfully absorbs a plethora of influences, particularly jazz and her native Cuba’s neo-soul movement. Peterson has touted her as one of the most talented vocalists to emerge from the area for a long time, and with praise like that, you know she’ll be seriously on point. If densely layered percussion, jazzy instrumentation and powerful vocals float your boat, this’ll be the choice pick of the bunch this Friday.

Don’t take our word for it mind. Have a look at her performing Madres live for Havana Cultura sessions below and try to deny!

£10 tickets are available from The Forge’s website.

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