From our friends at the World Music Institute: Daymé Arocena draws inspiration from the intertwining musical legacies of her native Cuba. A singer, composer and choir director, her conservatory training was combined with an upbringing grounded in Cuba’s musical foundations. She was accepted at nine years old into one of the country’s prestigious music schools and studied a choir-directing course rooted in Western classical tradition. At the same time, she grew up with the day-to-day schooling in folkloric music that’s common in many Cuban households. Emerging from a culture where hybrids and amalgamations are the norm, Daymé embraces that reality.