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La Reyna y La Real in the Cubano Club (part of Artes de Cuba)

Thursday, May 17, 2018 7:00 PM

ARTES DE CUBA: From the Island to the World

This musical duo explores the versatility of rap by merging it with other genres and styles with a Cuban flair. Their partnership aims to show a female image in a male-dominated genre.

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About

La Reyna y La Real

As the latest craze in the Cuban underground music scene, the female duo of La Reyna (Reyna Mercedes Hernández Sandoval) and La Real (Yadira Pintado Lazcano) first emerged in 2012. Their music explores the versatility of rap by merging it with other genres and styles, but always with a Cuban flair. Their partnership aims to empower a female image in what is typically a male-dominated genre. La Real says, “With our combination of sensitivity and strength, we have a unique message as women rappers.” Their debut album Mika y Repa hit the airwaves in the summer of 2017.

For Artes de Cuba, the Terrace Gallery transforms into the Cubano Club:

For Artes de Cuba, the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Gallery transforms into the Cubano Club. As one of two installations he’ll create for the festival, Cuban visual artist Roberto Diago will design a striking façade for the Cubano Club using wood and other materials to embody the spirit of jazz, Afro-Cuban culture, and the vibrant network between Cuban and American artists. Audiences can enjoy performances and cocktail tastings in this evocative space, surrounded by photos of Cuban and American musicians that capture all the color, sounds, and vitality they brought from Cuba to the U.S. (and vice versa) through their art.

Hang around for late-night fun with “Noches Cubanas”!
Every Thursday and Friday during Artes de Cuba from 9:30 p.m. to midnight, head to the Atrium after your evening show to enjoy spontaneous, free live entertainment with one or more of the artists featured during the festival! Purchase a cocktail at the Atrium bar, explore the visual art installations, and mingle with some of our very special guests in this exciting late-night lounge atmosphere. Please note capacity in the Atrium is limited each evening, so be sure to make your way to the Roof Terrace Level as early as you can.

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Artes de Cuba at the Kennedy Center!