Xiomara Laugart is Cuban. This alone makes her a competitor in the music industry. She was born with a fusion of rhythms in her veins. Moreover, Xiomara Laugart is a "Guantanamera," also the name of a quintessential Cuban folk song. Guantanamo is the easternmost province in Cuba, where even the palm trees sing and dance.
At the age of 15 she began her career. Soon thereafter, her voice was considered a true prodigy that allowed her to perform the most diverse genres. She performed several different expressions of traditional and contemporary Cuban music.
During the 1980s, she entered the "Adolfo Guzman" Contest for Cuban music where she was granted the highest award. From that day on, she became one of the most brilliant representatives of Cuban song. She received invitation after invitation to perform all over the world. She took the world by storm, taking home many international awards (1980, Sochi Russia; Sopot Festival 1985, Poland; Dresden Festival 1986, Germany, and others). Xiomara had been performing at the largest of venues in Cuba for years, performing with the biggest talents around. Yet she longed for a deeper sense of artistic expression, which she found difficult to develop in the oppresive climate in Cuba. Her dream was to go to the United States and fill the creative void in her soul with her music, the best music she could make.
After having recorded self-titled albums in Cuba, she moved to Rome and later to New York. Soon, Xiomara was invited to be the guest singer on two jazz albums, "Deep Rumba " by Kip Hanrahan and "Latin Lullaby" by Ellipsis Art, and on Jacky Terrason's new album "What it is" released in April of 1999 by Blue Note Records. She also was featured in the first single from the recent album by Fun Loving Criminals released worldwide in 2001. Laugart's monthly showcases at New York City's famed underground Zinc Bar have been called legendary.
She has flooded the stage with her power voice in the United States, France, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Russia, Finland, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Mexico, Colombia, and others.
Obviously, we are not in presence of a common manufactured phenomenon. This singer has a peculiar mastery to reveal, not only her vocal virtues, and flexibility, but a special sound, fluently "liquid" and garrulous. Her range is such that the jazz influences seem to be a natural extension of her repertoire. She takes on each style of music and embraces it with her own stamp and authentic flare.
Xiomara is both the essence of the Cuba of old, with its rhythmic folk songs, fused with a blend of today's directness and clarity of voice, which is eventually matched with her deep laugh. It is that distinctive laugh that will soon captivate American audiences from all walks of life with her swing style in all of her Cuban splendor.
Xiomara is currently a vocalist in Yerba Buena, whose first album "President Alien" was nominated for a Grammy. The songs from this first album have been used in Pepsi commercials, and in movies, such as Havana Nights. Yerba Buena is celebrating the recent release of their second album "Island Life," which is a brilliant mix of rhythms to which Xiomara adds her African and Caribbean legacy.
Critics say: "Xiomara's melodious voice resounds in high register and she shows a vivid, exceptional sense of rhythm.
"Xiomara's seductive style left its indelible mark on Cuba for a decade, leaving behind scores of fans in her wake." Xiomara, 'la negra' (the black girl) as this young singer is affectionately called by her legion of followers, "manages to sing every style from her homeland with ease, from bolero to salsa to danzon to guaracha to funky dance tunes. She had a unique blend of rawness, and her voice possesses a liquid quality rarely found in singers today."