creole_choircrop-random-imageCheck out the Cultural Singing and Dance Choir Ensemble During US City Tour!

The Creole Choir of Cuba this fall has embarked on their first major U.S. tour, with 30 performances in 21 cities. Venues for the tour include two major festivals — Chicago’s World Music Festival and Bloomington, Indiana’s Lotus Music Festival — as well as prestigious performing arts centres such as Symphony Space in NYC, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in Phoenix, the Painted Bride in Philadelphia, the Herbst Theater in San Francisco and the Music Center at Strathmore near Washington DC. Several major universities are also hosting the Choir, with student workshops & special performances for the college communities in addition to the group’s public concerts.

The Creole Choir’s ten remarkable singers are of Haitian descent and come from Camagüey, Cuba’s third city, down towards the eastern end of the island. They grew up and studied music in this old colonial town, designated a UNESCO World heritage Site in 2008 for its colonial architecture. They have nurtured music passed down in their families since the early 19th century, gradually adding modern Haitian sounds following their own first visit to a Haitian festival in 1996.

Lead by their Choir Director Emilia Díaz Chávez, Grupo Vocal Desandann, as they are called in Cuba, revived the songs of their ancestors for modern times. Desandann literally means ‘descendents’ and as the choir say: “For us music is like food, it feeds the spirit and is a major inspiration for everyday life.”

In glorious songs like Edem Chanté (Listen To Us!), The Creole Choir celebrate the history of their Haitian descendents enslaved to the Caribbean from West Africa. Drawing from information from generations of Haitian immigrants, the Creole Choir of Cuba promotes and performs music of Haitian origin, especially "La Cancionistica", music which has been enriched by elements of other Creole speaking Caribbean countries.

The Creole Choir of Cuba is already dazzling U.S. audiences and capturing the hearts of the crowd with their moving and powerful shows on stage. The spirited chorus has become one of Cuba’s hottest exports and is must-see for music lovers and theater-goers. Their eclectic melting-pot of sounds, beats and voice ranges has earned them critical applause far beyond world music circles. To learn more about their US tour or when the choir will be in a city near you visit