XIOMARA LOUGART was born in Guantanamo province of Cuba in 1960. She began her career at 15, performing several expressions of traditional and contemporary Cuban music. In the 1980s, she entered the Adolfo Guzmán Contest for Cuban music, where she was granted the highest award. She won other international awards at Poland’s Sopot Festival in 1985 and Germany’s Dresden Festival in 1986.
After recording self-titled albums in Cuba, she moved to Rome and later to New York. Soon after, Laugart was invited to be the guest singer on Deep Rumba by Kip Hanrahan, Latin Lullaby by Ellipsis Art, and Jacky Terrason’s album What It Is.
Laugart is known for her work with Yerba Buena, whose first album, President Alien, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Yerba Buena’s second album Island Life, a brilliant mix of rhythms to which Laugart added her African and Caribbean legacy, was released in 2005.
Laugart was cast in 2007 as Celia Cruz in the Off-Broadway musical Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz, a tribute to the life of the late Cuban-American singer, which ran at New World Stages until May 2008.
On Tears and Rumba, her third album on Chesky Records, Xiomara Laugart performed some Cuban classics from the golden era of the 1920s. Tears and Rumba is an introduction to the singer-songwriter’s driven trova style from the city of Santiago and features works by two highly influential composers of that era, María Teresa Vera and Miguel Matamoros. Axel Tosca Laugart, the singer’s son, was responsible for the new arrangements.
Xiomara Lougart and pianist Axel Tosca will appear at Klavierhaus as part of El MUNDO LATINDO DEL PIANO LATINOAMERICANO PIANO FESTIIVAL on Saturday, March 11, 2023. For information and tickets click HERE.
President Alien, with Yerba Buena (Razor & Tie, 2003)
Island Life, with Yerba Buena (Razor & Tie, 2005)
Xiomara (Chesky, 2006)
La Voz (Chesky, 2010)