La Diva – La Lupe! June 9th | 7:30 pm Aaron Davis Hall
The creative interpretive form of La Lupe spoke to the power of self-realization and power of her unique voice – her unique presence.
City College Center for the Arts, Pregones Theater Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and the Caribbean Cultural Center
La Diva – La Lupe!
June 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Aaron Davis Hall
West 135 Street & Convent Avenue (129 Convent Avenue)
New York, NY 10031
Performers: Caridad de La Luz, “ La Bruja” Nina Rodriguez, Calma Carmona
Tickets: Advance: $25.00 at the door $30.00
The creative interpretive form of La Lupe spoke to the power of self-realization and power of her unique voice – her unique presence. The talent of the power house known as La Lupe “La Yiyiyi” appeared on stage, some have said before her time and others because of the time, open the pathways for the transformative articulation of today’s African descendant women on stage and in the world.
What her superwoman pose, her silver lame outfits, her white ensembles proudly stating her African based Yoruba religion she fearlessly and bodaciously eluded the beauty of being of African descent, being Cuban and of the World. The electricity she sent out said unapologetically see me, she my beauty, my talent and my uniqueness, I am who I am – La Lupe!
Three cultural organizations have come together to pay tribute to the Afro-Latina, the Afro Cuban Diaspora women called “La Lupe.” City College Center for the Arts (CCCA), Pregones Theater and the Caribbean Cultural Center are united in tribute to a talent that relished in the pride of her talent, creativity and self-transformation as she developed her unique style and public presence. Similar to un-replicable stars like Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Diana Ross, Eartha Kitt, there is no duplicate, there is no other there is only La Lupe –“La Yiyiyi.”
In our understanding of the importance of her dynamic influence our institutions have asked three talented young women admirers of “La Lupe” to join in a tribute to her. We are honored to present Caridad de La Luz “La Bruja” Nina Rodriguez and Calma Carmona director from Puerto Rico in a tribute concert to La Lupe. Audiences will travel back in time at the beginning of the concert listening to early Cuban recordings of La Diva made possible by Fania Records. This concert focuses on the period of the 1960’s and 1970’s when La Lupe awaked the world with her genius.
Film: La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul
PBS Documentary by Ela Troyana
Sunday, June 4, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute – 120 E. 125th Street, New York, NY 10035
For more information visit www.cccadi.org or call Caribbean Cultural Center at (212) 307-7420
Panel Discussion and Record Sampling: Demystifying A Diva – La Lupe
Joe Conzo Sr. Latin Music Historian and Juan A. Moreno, author, “Demystifying A Diva: The Truth Behind the Myth of La Lupe”
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 @ 7: 30 PM
Pregones Theater Puerto Rican Traveling Theater – 571-575 Walton Avenue, The Bronx, NY, 10451
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Presenters: Joe Conzo Sr. Latin Music Historian and Juan A. Moreno, author, “Demystifying A Diva: The Truth Behind the Myth of La Lupe”
For more information visit www.pregonesprtt.org or call Pregones Theater Puerto Rican Traveling Theater at (718) 585-1202
Concert: La Diva – La Lupe
Featuring Caridad de La Luz “ La Bruja”, Nina Rodriguez, Calma Carmona straight from Puerto Rico, and special guest Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez, Mambo Legends, member of the Tito Puente Orchestra.
Friday, June 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Aaron Davis Hall – West 135th Street & Convent Avenue (129 Convent Avenue)
Tickets: Advance: $25.00 at the door $30.00
About La Lupe
La Lupe (born Lupe Victoria Yolí Raymond) (Santiago de Cuba, 23 December 1939 – Bronx, New York City, New York, 29 February 1992), was a Cuban singer of several musical genres, including boleros, guarachas and Latin soul in particular, known for her energetic, sometimes controversial performances.
When La Lupe, born Guadalupe Victoria Yoli in a poor section of Santiago, Cuba, moved to New York in 1962, she was already famous. She said she had earned a teaching degree at her father’s insistence but instead had become a singer, initially in a trio with her first husband and later as a soloist in a small club in Havana.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s, La Lupe partnered with Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria and later became a soloist. She sold millions of records, performed in Carnegie Hall and appeared on television on Merv Griffin’s and Dick Cavett’s shows. She sang everything from Afro-Cuban music to rancheras and even rock in English, but many of her most popular hits were torch songs — ”Qué Te Pedí” (What Did I Ask From You), ”Puro Teatro” (Pure Theater), ”La Tirana” (The Woman Tyrant) — that spoke defiantly of troubled love.