Traditional Cuban music runs in her veins, and jazz and American funk have shaped her artistic personality. Born in Cuba to a very close family that enjoys warm afternoons improvising a melody, Leslie Cartaya decided to begin her solo career with her first record production “No Pares”.
Caribbean, Afro American, Afro Latin, and Latin American musical rhythms create a harmonious fusion in “No Pares”, a 19-track production, 18 of which are written and composed by Leslie. “In this CD, my first experience as co producer and musical arranger, I had the opportunity of working with renowned musicians who supported me every step of the way” says this attractive brunette who defines herself as a happy, adventurous, inquisitive, expressive, but most of all perfectionist woman. The official CD Release concert of “No Pares” took place at the Miami Dade County Auditorium on April 18 as part of Miami On Stage, a series of concerts sponsored by Fundarte.
With the release of No Pares Leslie went up to the fifth position on the Miami Latin Reverbnation Charts and got nominated for the Latin Grammy 2013 as Best New Artist.
We had the Pleasure of having Leslie Cartaya perform at one of our events Sam Session #3 at Sam Ash in Dolphin Mall performing her first single “No Pares”