Havana, Cuba. – They say that people with her name can succeed in professions as disparate as contractor, rancher, mechanic, designer or public servant. She preferred to tread the path of music, first as a teacher, then as conductor and finally as a singer.
Anais Abreu flooded the space of “Mirador de La Habana” with her sensuality. She convinced all of us that her preference for bolero is no chance and that Filin is not a way of singing, but a lifestyle to her.
The remarkable singer is a graduate of the “Luis Casas Romero” National School of Arts, in Camagüey. She proved in her visit to the informative magazine of Radio Cadena Habana that she is a great communicator.
MH: We checked out your website during the preparation of this interview and read the following: “If there is such a thing as a modern Cuban diva, then Anais Abreu is the one.” What do you have to say in this regard?
AA: “I think that word is often misused nowadays; like other terms that are attached too absolute meanings that imply mistaken and unwarranted comparisons. If what’s-his-name is the golden voice and you-know-who is the queen of whatever, what do they leave for the rest? I disregard such descriptions that only serve pointless vanity. I am only interested in making history in Cuban music. I am not worried about the place that I will get. Time will be in charge of placing me where I belong.”
MH: Some critics have said that your style reminds them of Elena Burque and Moraima Secada. What are the similarities and the differences between you and them?
AA: “It is needless to say that we all have patterns, mainly, when you are a beginner. In my case, I have been largely influenced by many Cuban singers, including Elena Burque, Moraima Secada and Omara Portuondo. I also acknowledge the influence of US singers, like Ella Fitzgerald.
In fact, I consider myself a sort of summary of Elena, Moraima, Omara and other female voices of Filin.”
MH: Your voice is recorded in more than 15 collective phonograms. You own records are Anais Anais and Deluxe, both nominated to Cubadisco Song Festival awards. Alma won the award to the best song in Cubadisco 2004 and El amor se acaba (Love is over) did it in 2006. What’s new in production?
AA: “I have been away from record houses due to different reasons. Right now, I am giving the final touches to a new record, titled “A Ultranza” (through-and-through).
MH: Where can we regularly hear you?
AA: I sing every Friday night at 11.00, at the Jade Cafe, in Havana China Town, on the corner of San Nicolas and Cuchillo, Centro Habana.
By: Pedro Norat
Translated by: Pedro A. Fanego