SXSW PREVIEW: LA DAME BLANCHE, Cuban Princess of Latin Urban Music

With her explosive mix of hip hop, cumbia, dancehall and reggae, the Cuban singer, flautist and percussionist Yaite Ramos Rodriguez, aka La Dame Blanche delivers a powerful and compelling sound which summons the spirits. For those of us headed to SXSW, she performs at: NPR Radio Day Stage; at Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room WOMEX Showcase; and at Flamingo Cantina / Sounds From Cuba.

Before unfurling her costume Yaite travelled a long and sometimes hard road. Everything started in Cuba where she was born, in the heart of an awe inspiring musical cauldron reigned over by her father, Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos, an exceptional trombonist who is also the artistic director of the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club. Family parties are gatherings of extraordinary musicians, the cream of Cuban music, to the sounds of thousands of songs and drums.

Today, she presents “Dos Caras” the first single from her third album. The song, produced by Babylotion includes the participation of cumbia master Celso Piña and the rapper Serko Fu, both of them from Monterrey, Mexico, where the videoclip was filmed. The videoclip will be launched on International Women’s Day, March 8th, but here’s a little sneak peek…