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Martha Galarraga
singer, akpwon

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1969. Immersed in Yoruba culture, Afro-Cuban dance and singing, since her birth, she was a dancer then lead vocalist for 5 years with Conjuncto Folklorico National de Cuba (1990-1998). She toured  with them throughout Europe, the USA, Mexico, Korea and China. After a few years in Germany, she settled in France and accompanied Cuban pianist Omar Sosa for 4 years. In 2002 she discovered Marseille while she was touring for the album Latin American Christmas Carols. After she met with percussionist Gustavo Ovalles and pianist Simon Bolzinger and through the impulse given by producer Cathy Schlup, she created her own band, Galarumba in autumn 2003. 

She is an expert in singing Yoruba as well as Congo, Arará, Tumba Francesa, Franco Haitiano, Gagá, Carabali, Rumba, Son, Chachacha, Mambo, Salsa songs, following in her father’s footsteps, Lázaro Galarraga, a great authority on Yoruba songs, leader of Conjunto Folklorico and one of the greatest Yoruba singers today. Her energy, her ardor, her powerful voice and thorough knowledge of tradition make here one of the best interpreters of Afro-Caribbean music. 

Martha has worked as lead vocalist in bands based in Germany such as Macumbache, in Holland such as Bayuba Cante and Chango Dance. She toured and recorded with Omar Sosa, Grammy nominated pianist for over four years where she toured the world. Martha has also been an experienced Workshop leader in Afro-Cuban Song and Dance, having worked in TanzHouse in Dusseldorf, Germany, Amsterdam Holland, Marseille France and England with Daniela’s Wild Indigo Project : Martha formed her first group as band leader in Paris Galarumba in 2003.

She has sung with Felipe Cabrera, Bayuba Cante, Compańia Coral Negro, Havana Street Funk, Afrekete, Oba Ilú, Rumbanana, Son de Caracas... She has recorded with Simon Bolzinger, Felipe Cabrera, Bayuba Cante, Afrekete and Oba Ilú

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