A photo of Omara Portuondo singing.

Experience the magic and sound of legendary Cuban singer “OMARA.”

Join us for a reception, documentary film screening, and Q&A with award winning writer-director Hugo Perez ‘93.

Best known as the diva of the world-famous Buena Vista Social Club, Omara Portuondo has been continually performing, recording, and touring for over 70 years, and at the age of 91, she has started her final world tour. Omara is an Afro-Latina Icon in Latin-America, and an inspiration worldwide. Over the course of her long career, she has overcome racism and sexism, revolution and age-ism. As a single mother, she broke glass ceilings for women of color in the music industry.

In the past few years, Omara has been honored with the Gold Medal of Merit in Fine Arts by the King of Spain, the Order of the Rising Son – Japan’s highest honor – by the Emperor of Japan, and a Latin Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in addition to many other honors. 

The documentary “OMARA”, written and directed by Hugo Perez ’93 provides an in-depth look into the life and seven decades long career of one of Cuba's biggest stars.

Its release coincides with the 25th anniversary of the recording of the landmark Cuban album “Buena Vista Social Club.”

Sponsored by the Yale Alumni Association (YAA), Council on Latin American & Iberian Studies at Yale's MacMillan Center (CLAIS), La Casa Cultural Julia de Burgos, Yale Latino Alumni Network (YLAN), and the Yale Latino Network Group (YLNG)

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