Havana – Cuban singer Omara Portuondo, known internationally as the "diva" of the Buena Vista Social Club music project, gave a concert in this capital in which she performed songs from her latest, Latin Grammy-winning album "Gracias."
The 80-year-old Portuondo kicked off Wednesday's show with a performance of the album's title track, composed by Uruguayan musician Jorge Drexler.
During the roughly hour-and-a-half-long concert, held at the Karl Marx Theater in Havana and broadcast live on local television, she performed a dozen songs by Cuban and Latin American composers.
They included "Yo vi" by Henry Salvador, "Tres palabras" by Osvaldo Farres, Juan Formell's "Y tal vez," Chico Buarque's "Que sera" and many more.
"Gracias," which won the 2009 Latin Grammy for best contemporary tropical album and is a celebration of her 60-year music career, includes collaborations with Drexler, Buarque, Chuco Valdes and others.
"I feel like my heart is fluttering," Portuondo said during the concert, in which the island's EGREM record label awarded her a lifetime achievement award.