Presented by College Center for the Arts (CCCA), Pregones Theater and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
Three cultural organizations have come together to pay tribute to the Afro-Latina, the Afro-Cuban Diaspora women called “La Lupe.” City College Center for the Arts (CCCA), Pregones Theater and the Caribbean Cultural Center are united in tribute to a talent that relished in the pride of her talent, creativity, and self-transformation as she developed her unique style and public presence. Similar to un-replicable stars like Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Diana Ross, Eartha Kitt, there is no duplicate, there is no other there is only La Lupe –“La Yiyiyi.”
June 1, 2017 | 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Where: Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
General Admission is free, rsvp here. suggestion donation is $5.00.
Join us for a special film screening of La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, interdisciplinary artist Ela Troyano. La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul tells the story of the innovative, electrifying, and bodacious powerhouse known as La Lupe “La Yiyiyi” through character-driven interviews in first-person anecdotes, in an oral history much like those found in a folk ballad or a bolero. More on the film here.
More on the Filmmaker:
Ela Troyano is an interdisciplinary artist born in Cuba and based in New York City. Her projects bring together different aesthetic histories and genres: downtown New York avant-garde film and performance, queer cinema, Cuban cinema-in-exile, and Latina film and video. Throughout her 35-year career, her films and performances have straddled the worlds of documentary and fiction, installation and live action.
She has exhibited in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, Performance Space 122 in New York, The British Film Institute in London and the Kino Arsenal in Berlin. Select awards include: Creative Capital, the Ford Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, Independent Television Service, New York State Council on the Arts, Rockefeller Media, Theo Westenberger, United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship.
June 6, 2017 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Where: Pregones Theater
General Admission is free, rsvp here. Suggestion donation is $5.00.
Join us for an exclusive panel discussion and record sampling around critically acclaimed book Demystifying A Diva: The Truth Behind the Myth of La Lupe with author Juan A. Moren and Joe Conzo Sr. Latin Music Historian. RSVP for the event here.
June 9, 2017 | 7:30PM
Where: City College Center for the Arts
General admission is $25.00 advance and $30.00 at the door. Purchase your tickets here.
Caridad de La Luz, “La Bruja,” Nina Rodriguez, direct from Puerto Rico Calma Carmona, and special guest Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez, Mambo Legends, member of the Tito Puente Orchestra will travel back in time at the beginning of La Lupe’s Cuban recordings of La Diva made possible by Fania Records.
ABOUT LA LUPE
La Lupe (born Lupe Victoria Yolí Raymond) (Santiago de Cuba, 23 December 1939 – Bronx, New York City, New York, 29 February 1992), was a Cuban singer of several musical genres, including boleros, guarachas and Latin soul in particular, known for her energetic, sometimes controversial performances.
When La Lupe, born Guadalupe Victoria Yoli in a poor section of Santiago, Cuba, moved to New York in 1962, she was already famous. She said she had earned a teaching degree at her father’s insistence but instead had become a singer, initially in a trio with her first husband and later as a soloist in a small club in Havana.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s, La Lupe partnered with Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria and later became a soloist. She sold millions of records, performed in Carnegie Hall and appeared on television on Merv Griffin’s and Dick Cavett’s shows. She sang everything from Afro-Cuban music to rancheras and even rock in English, but many of her most popular hits were torch songs — ”Qué Te Pedí” (What Did I Ask From You), ”Puro Teatro” (Pure Theater), ”La Tirana” (The Woman Tyrant) — that spoke defiantly of troubled love.