About CuCu Diamantes
new york, NY
Born of Spanish, African, Chinese and French heritage, CuCuDiamantes is a singer-songwriter and actress from Cuba. Diamantes founded and fronted the Latin-fusion band, Yerba Buena which garnered major recognition and popularity, including a 2004 Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album Grammy nomination, as well as special request performances with artists such as Dave Matthews, Ray Charles, Juanes and Celia Cruz.
After 8 years as Yerba Buena’s principal vocalist and songwriter, Diamantes released her first solo record, “CuCuLand” in March 2009 which earned her a Latin Grammy nomination. CuCuDiamantes’ music is an intoxicating mix of NYC downtown funk and old school Cuban glamour. Diamantes has collaborated with music stars Fatboy Slim, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Dead Presidents, Orishas, Beto Cuevas, Voltio and others on original recordings and had songs featured on the soundtrack for NBC’s “Heroes”, on the film soundtrack for “Ladron que Roba Ladron”, and on the “Feel the Noize” film soundtrack.
Diamantes’ sassy, personality has put her in front of the camera for appearances in the films “El Cantante” and “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights”, as well as the TV series “Third Watch” and a recent MTV Latin America tribute to “The Cure”. An urban muse and a darling of the New York City fashion and art world, Diamantes is often featured in the social and entertainment press and has caught the eye of artistic insiders such as legendary photographer Mark Seliger (GQ, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair), who is creating the cover artwork for “CuCuLand”.
Most Recently she performed in acclaimed "Concierto Por La Paz/ Free Peace Concert" in Cuba with fellow artists Juanes and Miguel Bose for a crowd of more than 1 million.