Omara Portuondo will start her farewell tour of Europe in Spain

The outstanding Cuban singer Omara Portuondo (Havana, 1930), will say goodbye to the international stages with a world tour that will begin in the Spanish city of Cartagena de Murcia, and will be titled “LIFE”.

The 90-year-old artist, known as the “girlfriend of the filine“, will open his farewell tour on Tuesday, July 19, at the Paco Martín Auditorium, in the city of Murcia, Spain, where tickets are already on sale at a price of 30 euros.

His concert is part of the La Mar de Músicas festival in that Spanish town.

“I feel like it’s a good time to personally leave a see you later! to my followers in the most distant countries, to which, since teleportation has not yet been invented, it seems more difficult for her to return”, commented Omara Portuondo in the announcement of her farewell, who assures that “for me, singing is living”.

Paco Martín, director of La Mar de Músicas until 2018, said that he had a commitment to the Cuban diva to present all his projects there, the newspaper reported. Cartagena Today.

“In 2019 we were told that Omara was retiring and we brought her to the jazz festival, but Portuondo is a lot of Portuondo, and she still has the strength to do her last big world tour. When we found out in February, we already had the festival scheduled, but We have had no doubts that it will be incorporated into the programming once there has been a gap,” explained the Councilor for Culture of the Cartagena City Council, Carlos Piñana.

The performance of Omara Portuondo will be on Tuesday, July 19 at 11:00 p.m. at the Paco Martin Auditorium.

Omara Portuondo met the stage in 1945 as a dancer at the famous Tropicana cabaret, but she stood out more in music, as a member of the D’Aida Quartet along with Elena Burke, Moraima Secada and her sister Haydée, the newspaper recalled.

During his musical career he accompanied stars such as Édith Piaf, Pedro Vargas, Rita Montaner, Bola de Nieve, Benny Moré and Nat King Cole.

In the 1970s he began with the popular Orquesta Aragón, after which he recorded some albums such as “Palabras” and “Desafíos” with the Spanish label Nubenegra.

She is currently recognized as one of the great exponents of traditional Cuban music.

On the island she is also revered as the “filin’s girlfriend” and a member of the Buenavista Social Club.

In December of last year, Omara Portuondo was awarded the World Pioneer 2021 award, granted by the prestigious British magazine song lines.

The so-called “Novia del filin” was awarded in 2019 with the Latin Grammy for her career for her contributions to Latin American and world music. At 90 years old, she was again nominated for the 2021 Grammy in the Best Tropical Song category for “Bolero a la vida”, along with Gaby Moreno.

“If they ask me about my favorite place, it will always be the stage, the song I sing, the next applause,” the Cuban singer told the press.

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