Omara Portuondo Is In Control Now Omara Portuondo's career as a vocalist in both female- and male-dominated groups has brought her worldwide success. With her latest album, she's finally able to realize her musical goal to be "in the middle of a lot of men, and to control them."
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Omara Portuondo Is In Control Now

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Omara Portuondo Is In Control Now

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Omara Portuondo Is In Control Now

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Omara Portuondo has been called both the Billie Holiday and the Edith Piaf of Cuba. She's best known in the U.S. today as the only woman in the Buena Vista Social Club. That Grammy-winning group helped spark the current popularity of Cuban music in the U.S. Now, Portuondo has a new solo recording, and she's touring the U.S.

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