Brenda Navarrete embarked on a life in music at age 9 when she enrolled in percussion at the Manuel Saumell Elementary School of Music in Havana, Cuba. At age 17, while studying at the Amadeo Roldán Music Conservatory, she was recruited by renowned musician Joaquin Betancourt for his Jazz Band project.
After graduating in 2009, Brenda joined the Afro-Cuban percussion troupe Obini Bata, while also studying contemporary dance. That same year, she joined Roberto Carcasses’ Interactivo as a singer and continues to perform and tour with the internationally-acclaimed band.
In 2010, Brenda won the Bata drum competition at the Fiesta del Tambor in Havana and would perform as an invited artist of the prestigious festival in 2012. Brenda was subsequently endorsed by Canadian cymbal-maker, Sabian.
As a solo artist, the 25-year old singer, percussionist, composer and arranger performs regularly with her own band in Havana and is featured on radio and television broadcasts. Despite her roots in jazz, Afro-Cuban and traditional Cuban music, Brenda is blossoming into contemporary styles including R&B, soul, electronic and hip-hop.
After a warm welcome in Canada in June, Brenda returned to Havana and is moving forward with a myriad of projects. She will return to Canada for new shows in August and she is preparing the groundwork for her debut CD, set for release in early 2016. Blue skies ahead and, remember...la Música está en todos lados!