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One of the shining stars of the Cuban underground music movement is the native poetess and rapper, TELMARY DIAZ. Without placing herself completely in the hip-hop tradition, Diaz has been able to use the genre as a means of expressing her ideas and communicating with young people in Cuba. She has collaborated with the likes of Isaac Delgado, Jane Bunnet, Descemer Bueno, Kelvis Ochoa, the Afro-Cuban All Stars, Los Van Van, and the Buena Vista Social Club. She has performed and recorded with figures from the international hip-hop and electronica community such as Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Raphael Seebag of the United Future Orchestra, and DJ Akakage from Japan. Her first album "A Diario" was prized the CubaDisco award for Best Hip Hop Album in 2008. Telmary has recently wrapped up recording her second album, "Libreā€.

She first collaborated with Dr. John in the 2012 live tribute to Louis Armstrong staged at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.