Telmary is one of Cuba’s leading, cutting edge hip-hop and urban music artists. Her study of English, theater, and writing informed her work in the Havana music scene during the late ’90s and early 2000s.
Telmary has graced stages all over North America, Europe, Mexico, South America and Japan at some of the world’s most renowned jazz and popular music festivals. She has collaborated with a who’s who of Cuban music greats, such as Isaac Delgado, Giraldo Piloto, Los Van Van, Alex Abreu & Havana D’primera, Omara Portuondo. She has also collaborated with Arturo O’Farrill and the AfroLatin Jazz Orchestra, Pedrito Martínez, and the late Dr. John, among others.
Through her many years as a progressive music leader in Havana, Telmary earned the clout and support necessary to launch her career as a solo artist. She has four solo albums, including the Latin Grammy-nominated Fuerza Arará, and Libre, awarded the 2014 Cubadisco Prize for Best Hip-Hop Recording.
About Betto Arcos:
Betto Arcos is a freelance music journalist. He writes stories about music from around the world, with an emphasis on Latin America. He has been a contributor to NPR programming since 2009, when he began reviewing music for All Things Considered on the weekends.
Arcos writes stories about music from around the world, with an emphasis on Latin America. He has particularly enjoyed interviewing Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez, classical composer Leo Brouwer, Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal, Tunisian composer Anouar Brahem and Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel.
Arcos is also a contributor to BBC Radio 3 Music Planet and is a music lecturer for the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. He is the author of the book Music Stories from the Cosmic Barrio (Fogra Editorial, 2020), and is a contributing writer for several other works, including Cantoras Todas – La Generación del Siglo 21 (Editorial Universidad de Guadalajara, 2020) and The Tide Was Always High – The Music of Latin America in Los Angeles (University of California Press, 2017).
He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is originally from Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.