The 9th Annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is proud to announce this years Gala Opening Night Diva and Mistress of Ceremonies, the incomparable singer and performer ALBITA.
ALBITA will appear onstage prior to the Opening Night World Premiere screening of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami on Friday, April 27 at 7:30pm.
Albita began her career at a very young age coming from a home of parents who were famous singers.
As a young singer she started to get attention due to her renovation of traditional Cuban music, composing, arranging and singing with a unique, personal style.
In 1990, she left Cuba and headed to Colombia, where she lived for 3 years, she consolidated her passion for different fusions in her music although always maintaining her Cuban roots.
In 1993, she crossed the border from Juarez, Mexico into El Paso, Texas and on April 15, 1993 she arrived in Miami, Florida. There she began to perform wherever they would let her bring her songs to the people; she was very successful, in her personal style. She put everything Cuban in style, from Guayabera, to the Cuban cigar, S.W. 8th street in Little Havana to the music.
While performing in Little Havana she began to attract the attention of famous celebrities like, Gianni Versaci, Quincy Jones, Madonna, Sly Stone, Paco de Lucia Marco Antonio Muñiz, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, among others. Soon after she signed a contract with Emilio Estefan.
Soon her career went international and she went on to perform in such places as Australia, Europe, Malaysia, Africa and of course all of Latin America. She shared the stage with such stars as Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Phil Collins, Tony Bennett, Oscar de Leon, Gilberto Gil, Juan Luis Guerra ,Tito Nieves, Daniela Mercury, Miriam Makeeba, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera and Melissa Etheridge. She has performed for four Presidential functions, including two inaugurations.
In 2004, she created her own record company and label “Angels’ Dawn Records” and under her own label she made the album “ALBITA LLEGO” which won her two Grammys for Best Contemporary Tropicalo Album of the year. In 2005, she went to Broadway where she starred in the musical “The Mambo Kings."