Cuban vocalist Estrella Acosta never stopped singing the folk songs of her motherland, yet she is equally at home embracing various Brazilian and jazz styles. She has left a travel footprint that truly makes her a citizen of the world. After completing a degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin, she set out to pursue her musical dreams in a journey that took her to Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, New York City and, finally, Amsterdam, where she now resides.
Her club dates include the Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Ronnie Scott's (London) and SOB's (New York) and her festival appearances range from the Curaçao Jazz Festival, Chicago World Music, Sunfest in Ontario, Canada and Jazz Plaza Havana, Cuba, to multiple appearances at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands.
Estrella leads several groups that range from traditional Cuban country music, 'Estrella's Guajira', to more contemporary Cuban sounds with 'Esquina 25', bringing together top international musicians from Cuba, Venezuela, Germany, the USA and the Netherlands. They create an original view of Cuban music in a wide variety of styles.
Estrella has recorded as a guest for different labels including an album with the Metropole Orchestra for Universal Records and a children bilingual album, 'Los Animales', that won a Latin Grammy in 2015
To date, Estrella has released three cds and a single (Ay Amor), for her label eStar. Her second, Alma Guajira - Cuban country songs, was nominated for an Edison (Dutch Grammy) and her third, Esquina 25, was released recently, earning plaudits as “one of the best recordings of Cuban music realized in Europe” (Luis Tamargo).
"Estrella with her extraordinary contralto… is quite the star in the manner of her expression, her diction and manner in which she delivers on character, gesture and narrative… sings with fervor and soul. Esquina 25 is one of those albums that creeps up on the unsuspecting listener and burns with a blue, almost imperceptible flame until, by the third or fourth hearing it explodes in the mind’s ear"
- Raul da Gama - Latin Jazz Network, Canada
"I enjoyed every note of the cd... very fresh arrangements and your voice fits them perfectly. I loved the work of the tresero, as well as the bassist, the guitarist, the tenor player and the rhythm section, muy sabroso."
- Paquito D'Rivera
"...A nostalgic feast by an artist who for over twenty years celebrates her Cuban heritage around the world."
- Carlos Olivares Baró, La Razón, Mexico
"One of the best recordings of Cuban music realized in Europe... Estrella Acosta is one of the most versatile caribbean singers of our times."
- Luis Tamargo, Contacto - USA
A new recording with her band + string quartet, 'Women in Cuban Music - Mujeres de Luna', will be released in May 2017 followed by a tour.