Diamond Girl

Cuban-born songstress CuCu Diamantes shines on a new album.

Sometimes we live in our own universe, so we aren't aware of the reality. Our reality is not bad. There are realities that are really bad. And el granito de arena (the little grain of sand) that I can put, I'll put it.

I did a video for Amnesty International, where we took a song from Aterciopelados ["Cancion Protesta"] and several artists wrote lyrics. And it was Natalie Merchant, Aterciopelados, Julieta Venegas, Stephen Marley, and a kid who has become a rapper, but we were in Sudan and guerillas killed his parents and he became a guerrillero. So he was killing people from the age of 7 until 14, and Amnesty International rescued him and took him out. The song's called "The Price of Silence." Amnesty International did it for the 60th anniversary of United Nations' Declaration of Human Rights. I'm also going to support women's rights, for abused women.

And you have a concert scheduled for Miami April 25 at the North Beach Bandshell. What can fans look forward to?

CuCu Diamantes is classy and sassy.
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CuCu Diamantes is classy and sassy.

Surprises! I have a list of things I want to do. But I can't tell you because until they're a reality, you know, I don't want to say them. They're a work in progress. And I'm a woman under construction, every day learning more. So there will be plenty of surprises. Probably not the full list, because there are budgets and I'm not Britney Spears [laughs]. I mean, I don't want to be Britney Spears, but you understand. But I'm preparing a show. You can expect a live cabaret.

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