Telmary

Telmary

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Biography

Telmary Diaz

Telma170 A jazz poet 'rapera' from Havana, Cuba with uncanny communication skills, Telmary embodies the 'next wave' of Cuban music that has emerged from the island since 2000. Trained in both theater and film, Telmary has won over fans all over the world with her unique blend of poetry, rapping skills and total command of the stage.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Telmary's first band was Free Hole Negro (1999), one of Cuba's first hip-hop groups that mixed rap and jazz music with audiovisual performances. In 2002 she joined Interactivo, a collaborative project featuring the biggest names on the Havana alternative music scene including singer songwriter Yusa, pianist Roberto Carcasses, singer/songwriter William Vivanco, and sonero Francis del Rio. Telmary's membership in Interactivo propelled her into the elite of Cuba's music scene, where she made guest appearances with Gema & Pavel, Pío Leyva, Issac Delgado, X Alfonso, and Los Van Van amongst others.

'A Diario', her debut album,featured appearances from Cuba rapper Kumar, members of Los Van Van and Spain's Ojos de Brujo. In May 2007 'A Diario' was awarded the Cuban Music Award for best hip-hop album. The album was released in Europe, Japan and Colombia gaining rave reviews.

In Canada, Telmary has appeared at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Luminato in Toronto, Harbourfront, at Jane Bunnett's Global Diva Concert, and with Cuban music icon Pedrito Calvo at Lula Lounge.

Telmary also took her acting career to a new level in 2007, appearing as one of the principle actors in the feature film Alborada Carmesi, released in Colombia in March of 2009. She recently appeared on Jane Bunnett's Juno award winning album 'Voices' and will be touring Canada with the artist in the early part of 2009.