Born in Matanzas, Vania Borges comes from a family of musicians: her father was an oboist, her mother a singer and one of her cousins, a member of the Gema 4 vocal quartet. All this influenced the little Vania who received piano and oboe classes and in 1990 she was part of the Symphonic Orchestra of Matanzas. Later, in Havana, she joined the vocal group D’Capo, participating in his first international tours in countries such as Mexico, France and Japan.
Vania as figure in Bamboleo
For some time, Vania is part of the group Pachito Alonso y sus Kini Kini, where she meets Lazarito Valdés, then pianist of the group. Shortly afterwards, the master José Luis Cortés invites her to create Las Mulatas de Fuego, where he shares the stage with Haila María Mompié and again with Lazarito. Of this concept and with the same members is that Bamboleo is born, under the direction of Valdés.
Vania and Haila patented the look of the mulatto shaved women in Cuban music, causing an international impact mainly in the European and American stages. With Bamboleo this female interpreter sings songs like La soledad, Tú y yo la misma cosa, ¿Te gusto o te caigo bien? and Ya no hace falta, one of the great successes of late Century in Cuban dance music and popular.
The path as soloist of Vania
His first solo CD has his own name as a title and in it the singer gives Cuban versions of one of his favorite singer-songwriters, the Spanish Alejandro Sanz. In this endearing album, Vania mixes the latin-jazz and bolero rhythms with the Iberian lyrics, masterfully arranging unforgettable songs like ¿Lo ves?, Amiga mía, La fuerza del corazón, Corazón partío and Cuando nadie me ve, among others.
Vania Borges is considered by critics and the Cuban public as one of the 5 divas of modern Cuban music, an epithet she also shares with her former mate, Haila. A curious detail lies in the fact that she is the only one of these female interpreters who has studied an academic in the field of music, which stands out in its versatility when facing any challenge in terms of musical changes and variations of rhythms and style.
Vania Borges: in the footsteps of Elena Burke
Many have pointed out that Vania‘s voice and charisma make her the best follower of Elena Burke, the “Feeling Lady”. With the modesty that characterizes her, Vania Borges accepts this comparative challenge knowing that she goes on stage to give her best in each performance.
In addition to her passing by important Cuban groups of popular music and dance, she has sung along with figures of the most relevant national and international scene. Among these are: Shakira, Tata Güines, Rolando Luna, Eliades Ochoa and Alexander Abreu. From her many recognitions we will mention the Grand Prix at the Song Festival in California and the Mother Caridad Prize in France.
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