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Brenda Navarrete
Artist
Cuba
Influences: Latin American , African , North American
Genres: world music, latin jazz, afro-cuban
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GON BOPS and BRENDA NAVARRETE sign artist endorsement deal Montreal, QC – April 4, 2016 - Brenda Navarrete is pleased to announce that she has signed an artist endorsement deal with the Gon Bops percussion company. The 26-year old singer, percussionist, composer and arranger from Havana, Cuba, will join the company’s elite lineup of top percussion professionals. Brenda Navarrete’s percussion expertise first earned her an artist endorsement contract in 2013 with Canadian company Sabian, joining their roster of some of the world’s most talented percussionists. Brenda now takes the stage as a Gon Bops endorsed artist and will continue to dazzle audiences with her live performances on Alex Acuna Special Edition congas. In March 2017, she signed a multi-release recording deal with Toronto-based ALMA Records and her solo debut, MI MUNDO, was released worldwide in January 2018. Recorded in Havana and Toronto with producer Peter Cardinali (ALMA's founder), award-winning engineer John “Beetle” Bailey and an all-star cast of Cuban instrumentalists, the stylistically-eclectic album delivers a fresh and unique interpretation of contemporary World and Jazz music, while shining light on Brenda’s rare skills and musical originality. more
MI MUNDO released worldwide Latin Jazz Network calls Brenda Navarrete "one of the best-kept secrets of her generation", and her highly anticipated debut album, MI MUNDO , is now available worldwide! Reviews have been great, so follow the buzz and get your copy today! "I really like to mix genres and sounds, and that's where MI MUNDO comes from," says Brenda, who's Afro-Cuban and Jazz foundations collide with world music on her new release. The multi-talented singer, percussionist, composer and arranger's skills on Bata drums and congas are also highlighted on MI MUNDO, which features an array of Cuba's hottest musical talent. Those recording on the album include Cuban-Canadian piano master Hilario Durán, Rolando Luna, Alain Pérez, Munir Hossn, Melvis Santa, Adonis Panter and Osaín del Monte, drummers Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernández and Rodney Barreto and more! Watch for Brenda appearing on a stage near you as she brings her world to yours! more
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ABOUT
Brenda Navarrete is one of Cuba’s great young talents and a rising international star. Her resume includes collaborations with Cuba’s music elite, while her solo project includes television and radio broadcasts of live performances, as well as touring in Canada and the United States. Working with an array of renowned artists, including the Afro-Cuban percussion troupe, Obini Bata, Jazz musician Joaquin Betancourt, Alain Perez, Munir Hossn and as a singer with the internationally acclaimed band Interactivo, led by Roberto Carcasses, Brenda has made her mark as an accomplished singer, percussionist, composer and arranger.

From her beginnings at the Manuel Saumell Elementary School of Music at age 9, Brenda set her sights on percussion and a career in music. She graduated from Cuba’s prestigious Amadeo Roldán Music Conservatory in 2009, earning accreditations as an instrumentalist, ensemble and percussion instructor. In 2010, Brenda Navarrete won a national competition during Cuba’s prestigious Fiesta del Tambor, wining first prize in the category of Bata drums, as well as for best interpretation by a female artist. Her percussion skills first earned her an artist endorsement from Canadian company Sabian and, in March 2016, she was endorsed by Gon Bops, one of the oldest and most respected manufacturers of Latin percussion instruments in the world.

Brenda Navarrete has played on the recordings of many notable Cuban artists, most recently guesting on Batá and vocals on Contumbao, the upcoming album from Cuban-Canadian pianist/composer Hilario Duran. With a solid foundation of Latin Jazz and Afro‐Cuban influences, Brenda Navarrete has spread her wings into contemporary World Music. In March 2017, she signed a multi-release recording deal with Toronto-based ALMA Records and her solo debut, MI MUNDO, was released worldwide in January 2018. Recorded in Havana and Toronto with producer Peter Cardinali (ALMA's founder), award-winning engineer John “Beetle” Bailey and an all-star cast of Cuban instrumentalists, the stylistically-eclectic album delivers a fresh and unique interpretation of contemporary World and Jazz music, while shining light on Brenda’s rare skills and musical originality.