With her explosive mix of hip hop, cumbia, dancehall and reggae, the Cuban singer, flautist and percussionist Yaite Ramos Rodriguez, aka La Dame Blanche delivers a powerful and compelling sound which summons the spirits.
Before unfurling her costume Yaite has travelled a long and sometimes hard road. Everything starts in Cuba where she was born, in the heart of an awe inspiring musical cauldron on which reigns the figure of her father, Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos, an exceptional trombonist who is also the artistic director of the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club. Family parties are gatherings of extraordinary musicians, the cream of Cuban music, to the sounds of thousands of songs and drums.
Her latest album “2” was directed by Marc Babylotion Damblé (Sargento Garcia, Amadou & Mariam, Orishas), French Sound Engineer/Beat Maker - and composed under the artistic direction of Emiliano Gomez (El Hijo de la Cumbia, Ego 360), an Argentinian producer renowned for his fusion of Cumbia and urban sounds.
“...uma banda que tem a capacidade de alterar as condições climatéricas onde quer que passe.”
Nuno Fernandes in Música em DX
“On paper, this shouldn't really work: Afro-Cuban music, hip-hop, dancehall, cumbia and classical flute. But thanks to La Dame Blanche's serious musical chops, the "Woman in White" from Havana (by way of Paris) pulls off this stylistic hat-trick with outsized swagger and style.”
Anastasia Tsioulcas in NPR Music