Locomotora A Cuba

(album release 5.9.2014)

El que busque lo singular en la música actual cubana inevitablemente se encontrará con Addys Mercedes. Su cálida voz nos adentra en una Cuba entre alegría desbordante y profunda melancolía – con aire de frescura.

Addys Mercedes tiene muchas historias que contar: nacida en condiciones humildes de la Cuba rural, ella recuerda su juventud – el carrito que construyó con sus hermanos y con que en su imaginación corría por La Habana. („Carrito de Cartón“). O el antiguo ferry anclado a orillas de Moa, su ciudad natal, que le servía de escenario. („Ahí“). En la actualidad Addys Mercedes vive en Essen / Alemania y su nuevo álbum „Locomotora A Cuba“ describe el campo de tensión entre las culturas. Las vivencias y los objetos cotidianos que ella se llevaría a Cuba y la vivacidad y el calor que ella trae de vuelta a Europa.
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(album 27.1.12)

In 2012 the third album „Addys“ was successfully released in Germany. The arrangements witness a new selfconfidence in songwriting, away fom clichés. Rockguitars are replacing latin hornsections and salsa-pianos. Addys warm voice draws the bridge from natural ballads to indiepop.
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(2. album 2003)

«Nomad» – for Addys Mercedes means more than just moving from one place to another. Like she did when she left her Cuban native country in order to conquer the rest of the world by means of her voice.

For Addys, «Nomad» is a perfect example for the joy of discovery and the fascination of the unknown. «For Cuban people the world changes only very slowly», Addys looks back. «I am changing continuesly» she say looking forward. It is just natural for her not to deny her roots but to give them new exciting shades.
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Mundo Nuevo

(1. album 2001)

Her debutalbum „Mundo Nuevo“ (new world) Addys recorded in old legendary cuban studios with musician-friends from her youth. Guajiras, cha cha chas and sones resemble, pure and genuine, of a young Celia Cruz or Omara Portuondo. Gueststar and duett-partner in the romantic guajira „No Me Abandones“ was the legendary Raul Planas. With her warm, unique voice Addys sings about her memories of her cuban childhood (Cha Ka Cha) and the arrival in a new european world (Mundo Nuevo).
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(3.single from album «Addys» – 11.5.12 Germany)

Sunny, with a pinch of reggae, cuban singer/songwriter Addys Mercedes inaugurates the summer season. Relaxed and ingenuous like the gigolo Addys sings of, electric guitars are grooving with a tuba and caribbean vocal lines.
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(2.single from album «Addys»)

In the second single „Hollywood“ Addys rocks and raps „à la cubana“ about her child dreams of becoming an actress. Her mother couldn’t draw her attention away from it: „El arte no da pa’ comer, sin fula no subes, te quedas en las nubes“ (the art is breadless, without money you won’t make it anywhere and you’ll be left with your dreams). Luckily Addys did not listen to her. Athough she didn’t get a role in a Hollywood film, Addys being a teenager was able to support her family with her fees. The song „Hollywood“ is like a film without camera, a musical journey between cuban tradition and melodic indiepop.
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Sabado Roto

(1.single from album «Addys»)

Accompanied by mandolines, okuleles and a cuban tres Addys sings of a rainy Saturday, a Sabado Roto (broken Saturday). While singing she forgets about her bad luck (mala suerte) and starts to enjoy her destiny. Self-mockingly Sabado Roto describes the life of a Cuban used to sun in rainy Europe.
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