Went to a concert by Omara Portuondo at Ottawa’s gorgeous Dominion-Chalmers United Church. An original member of Buena Vista Social Club, Omara sang so deeply from her soul she filled the place with energy and drew passionate tears out of my body. This woman was born in 1930, yet managed to energize the entire space with a sexual charge. Her hands are the branches of trees in a wind that caresses your skin. Her hair is piled on her head like the twisted tresses of a goddess, and her face has the beauty of mountains and rivers and sacred, broken rocks. Here is her photo, with a drawing I made of a lamppost in her native Havana.
On February 20th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
I was also there for this wonderful event.I only felt that same energy once before when I saw and met Alberta Hunter in New York 1981.Am an even bigger fan now. A miracle that I should get a chance to see her live and in Ottawa. Many thanks to the Ottawa Jazz Festival! Have not found any other article in paper about the evening. Can you help?