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 four 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). Her last album, Mujeres de Luna, a tribute to the great Cuban female composers from the past 100 year, was released in 2017.
“…it is the sheer poetry of the music and the lyricism of the renditions by Estrella Acosta that capture the imagination… a mesmeric array of beautifully crafted arrangements, and sensuousness in every lovingly caressed phrase of Mujeres de Luna. This is an album not to be missed by listeners of superbly performed music.”
- Raul da Gama, Latin Jazz Network, Canada
“Mujeres de Luna is an album of intense and ethereal beauty that travels the roads of jazz and 'filin' in complicity with the cadence of the 'trova'.”
- Carlos Olivares Baro, Razón, Mexico
“Mujeres de Luna (Women of the Moon) is a beautifully conceived and executed collection of 11 selections, all composed by Cuban women … Acosta proves an exceptional interpreter of this music with her quartet supported by strings and a host of percussive delights ... Worry not if you can't understand the lyrics. The language is music and it speaks to everyone. That is how to best approach a wonderful recording one might otherwise not address.”
- C. Michael Bailey, All about Jazz, USA
“Estrella Acosta has pulled it all together on this very special recording: heartfelt and unique vocal interpretations, an incredible team of musicians, and stunning arrangements... She has brought new life to many of Cuba’s forgotten great women composers by uncovering many musical gems with a new and fresh approach. I love this CD because it is full of thought, heart and joy.”
- Jane Bunnett, Canadian saxophonist, flutist and bandleader, multiple Juno Award winner and Grammy nominee.
"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
"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