El Sueno Divino
Nika Garcia is a Mexican-American singer from the USA who grew up with a strong love for jazz and pop music as well as a serious passion for Latin music. Released in September of 2010 "El Sueño Divino" (meaning the dream divine) is Garcia's second full Length original record. This Record can be described as collaboration between this young American Jazz singer and some of the best and brightest stars in modern Cuban Music today. At the heart of this collaboration stands arranger Juan Manual Cerruto.Garcia met Ceruto in Cuba where he lives and works. She came to know his work through Issac Delgado a top selling modern Cuban salsa singer whose is quite famous internationally and whose music Garcia loves. After meeting Delgado, Garcia was introduced to Ceruto and also to his colleague Joaquin Betancourt, who arranged several songs on the record. These Artist and Very well Known internationally and have their hand in many of the top selling records from Cuba. Unfortunately we in the US remain somewhat cut off from this musical word even today. The record has a very wide emotional range and reflects themes of spirituality as well as passion. Garcia is also strongly influenced by Brazilian music something she shares with the Cuban Composer Gerardo Alfonso who wrote three songs on this record. Garcia interprets these songs with beautiful feminine lyricism, and brings a touch of irony to the music with an American feminism that is not commonly heard in Latin music. Another strong feminine musical influence comes from one of the records pianists and co-producers Yanet Salinas Gonzales. Gonzales works with of the all female salsa orchestra Anacaona and other member of this group participated in the record as well. Nika does not sing with the attack of a typical Cuban salsa singer but she brings her own phrasing and power to this music and creates a smoother very original sound. The songs range in style from pop to pure Cuban salsa, from Afro-Cuban-folk to ballads. The record is a piece of art in it's own class; strong, interesting and also fun to listen to, and even sing along with. This project took four years to complete and is currently being considered by various labels for international distribution. Garcia is currently based in Miami where she performs regularly and has her own band.