Spilling the beans on Daymé Aro­cena

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My son is one of those kids for whom the bor­ders on his din­ner plate are in­vi­o­late. A trip to one of our fa­vorite spots for a week­end meal, for the com­fort­ingly sim­ple dishes of Cuba, Mex­ico and Spain pre­pared at Fort Laud­erdale’s Tipico Café, is usu­ally dis­tin­guished by a sad com­edy rou­tine.

The rice and the black beans must not in­ter­act un­til the beans, penned be­hind a net­work of nolegumes-land canals, are in­spected. Some­times a wall of plan­tains is em­ployed. Of­ten the beans are deemed “too” some­thing or other and re­jected. Be­cause the wall has come in con­tact with the beans, the plan­tains also are some­how tainted. It’s an ex­pen­sive wall.

I make the same rote ar­gu­ment: The magic is in the mix­ture, I say, watch­ing his face con­geal in hor­ror as I pour the beans di­rectly onto the rice, even al­low­ing some of it to

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and on Twit­ter at @Ben Crandell in­fil­trate my masas de puerco. Yes, each in­di­vid­ual serv­ing is tasty, but to­gether they cre­ate a new fla­vor, a sen­sa­tion that must be ex­pe­ri­enced, not ex­plained.

He has his ways. He is an old man in a 14-year-old body. And he has time to grow out of it.

Bill­board re­cently named young Cuban jazz vo­cal­ist Daymé Aro­cena one of the “10 Latin Artists to See” this week at the SXSW Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Austin, where they are mix­ing things up a lit­tle with the Sounds of Cuba show­case. While a rec­om­men­da­tion of her show is a good (ob­vi­ous) thing, Bill­board’s seg­re­gat­ing it into such a per­func­tory, pre-fab list feels a lit­tle tone-deaf.

This is, af­ter all, a singer whose 2015 al­bum, “Nueva Era” (Brownswood Record­ing), was one of NPR’s 50 best al­bums of the year and who The Guardian (Lon­don) de­scribed as hav­ing the po­ten­tial to be “the next ma­jor Cuban star.”

Aro­cena is one of the 10 artists to see, re­gard­less of eth­nic­ity and lo­ca­tion, be it SXSW or South Florida.

The day af­ter her SXSW per­for­mance in Austin on Fri­day, the 23-year-old Aro­cena will be at the ninth an­nual Global Cuba Fest for a Satur­day show at the Light Box at Gold­man Ware­house (404 NW 26th St., Mi­ami). The 8 p.m. con­cert, spon­sored by Mi­ami Light Pro­ject and FUNDarte, costs $25, $50. Info: 305-576-4350, Mi­amiLightPro­ject.com, DaymeAro­cena.com.


Dayme Aro­cena per­forms Satur­day at the Light Box at Gold­man Ware­house.

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