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La Dame Blanche
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La Dame Blanche

from Cuba/France

La Dame Blanche is a powerful, hyper modern Pied Piper who lures audiences onto an exuberant dance floor under the spell of her voice, percussion, energy and best friend, a little instrument known as the flute. Born Yaite Ramos Rodriguez, the daughter of trombonist and director of Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club’s Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos, she was raised in the heart of an awe-inspiring musical cauldron where family parties were gatherings of the cream of Cuban music. Her evolution from jazz musician Yaite to the La Dame Blanche persona began after a move to France 20 years ago. She found the resulting zestful blend of cumbia, reggae, dancehall, hip hop and electronics – music that “sticks to the skin” – a more natural way to express herself as an Afro-Cuban woman in today's world and explore social, environmental, spiritual and identity themes. La Dame Blanche’s sonic creations are joyful, flamboyant and orgiastic with one foot in her Cuban history, family and traditions and the other in her adopted homeland France. Her powerful and compelling sound charms and summons the spirits while exploring profound issues; proof that it’s possible to simultaneously engage your brain and body.

Biography by Kerry Clarke

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