Brenda Navarrete is one of Cuba’s great young talents and a legitimate rising star in Havana and across the country, where she has been heating up stages and airwaves for quite some time. 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.
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 moved on to graduate from Cuba’s prestigious Amadeo Roldán Music Conservatory in 2009, earning accreditations as an instrumentalist, ensemble and percussion instructor. 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.
Building on a solid foundation of Latin Jazz and Afro-Cuban influences, Brenda has spread her wings into contemporary World Music. After some intensive time recording and mixing in Havana and Montreal studios, she released three new singles in March 2016 for her upcoming debut CD, Mi Mundo. The singles, Rumbero Como Yo, Taita Bilongo Namaste and are available via all online music stores.
During Cuba’s prestigious Fiesta del Tambor, Brenda won 1st place in the Bata drum category for best interpretation by a female artist. In 2016, Brenda performed at the Spanish embassy in Havana as part of a tribute to Paco de Lucia, appearing alongside artists including Alain Pérez, Adonis & Osain del Monte, Benji Habichuela, Maite Hontelé and more. She also appeared at the Havana International Jazz Festival (Jazz Plaza) in December and took time out to attend a gala evening in honor of the great Omara Portuondo
Her percussion skills 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. In March 2016, she joined the Gon Bops family one of the oldest and most respected manufacturers of Latin instruments in the world.
Brenda Navarrete is preparing to bring her unique interpretation of contemporary World Music to the global stage with her most recent project and she is gearing up for the world festival circuit in 2017.