Maria Bacardi’s album Deseo in the new issue of Caribbean Beat Magazine

July 10, 2013 at 9:00 am

Maria Bacardi’s album Deseo in the July/August 2013 issue of Caribbean Beat Magazine!


Caribbean Beat Magazine and Deseo

Caribbean Beat Magazine

“The first track, featuring her own English translation, is “Como Fue”, but other must-listens include “Yellow Days” (made famous by Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra), and a French rendition of “Guantanamera”, as well as the hauntingly beautiful “Júrame”. Besides her sublime singing, Bacardi is accompanied by an ensemble of greats, including Carlos Gómez on guitar, Pablo Vergara on piano, and Yunior Terry on bass, providing laid-back musical support.” -Sheldon Cadet

Maria Bacardi Performance at KITANO JAZZ CLUB on March 21st 2013.

May 21, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Maria Bacardi will be performing songs from her album DESEO at the KITANO JAZZ CLUB on March 21st 2013.

greengoldhighresABOUT THE KITANO:

New York City’s most intimate Jazz Lounge offers the best in world class Jazz entertainment. Our ever-changing schedule of acts include the legends of the genre and the next generations stars. Located on the lobby level, The Kitano New York Hotel’s JAZZ at KITANO , features Contemporary American cuisine with Pan Asian influences and a full bar, including rare malt Whiskeys, Classic Cocktails , Fine Wines , Champagne and Sake.

Maria Bacardi Performing at Stephens Talkhouse June 26th 2013

May 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm


DESEO the debut album from artist MARIA BACARDI is officially released!

DESEOMaria Bacardi


Deseo, which translates to Desire in English, is a collection of traditional ballads of love and longing performed in the Cuban Bolero style and sung in Spanish, French and English. Born in Cuba in 1957, Maria Bacardi was raised in Europe and given an “A-patrida” (no country) passport when she and her family were forced to flee the country when Fidel Castro nationalized all private businesses. Maria Bacardi’s great-grandfather was the founder of the successful Bacardi rum company, which was deeply embedded in the socio-political and economic fabric of the nation since its inception in 1860. This special selection of tracks featured on Deseo were chosen by Maria Bacardi, as they are the songs her mother sang to her while exiled in Spain. (continues … )

Maria Bacardi will be performing songs from her album DESEO at the STEPHENS TALK HOUSE in Amagansett, NY new date TBD,


Maria Bacardi’s Deseo Reviewed in Chico News

March 28, 2013 at 1:14 pm
In the Mix - Music


Maria Bacardi
Breaking Records

Deseo (Spanish for “desire”) is the debut album from Cuban-born New York singer Maria Bacardi (whose great-grandfather founded the Bacardi rum company). For Deseo, Bacardi—who was raised in Europe after leaving Cuba in 1961 at age 4, following Fidel Castro’s ascent to power—chose only “the songs her mother sang to her while exiled in Spain,” as her website describes it (go to for more info). The titles alone—such as “Sufre Más” (“Suffer More”) and “Noche Cubana” (“Cuban Night”)—often reflect a deep passion and longing for her native country. Likewise, her heartfelt delivery of each bolero-style Cuban ballad on the CD—including the beautiful “Júrame”—evokes deep emotion from the listener. As Bacardi has been quoted as saying, “My art and music are both fed from my desire for looking for the truth in beauty, despite the forces of pain and grief.” Interestingly, singing is a later-in-life career change for the 55-year-old Bacardi, who spent years in the world of theater and visual art (and went by the name Maria Pessino until earlier this year). A top-notch ensemble, including Carlos Gómez on guitar, Pablo Vergara on piano, bassist Yunior Terry and Vicente Sánchez on congas, provides the laid-back musical support for Bacardi’s lovely vocals.


Maria Bacardi on WNTI 91.9 FM

March 13, 2013 at 6:20 pm

DJ Stew Liebman of WNTI’s “Down in Front” played “La Gloria Eres Tu” off of Maria Bacardi’s “Deseo” Album.

Down In Front with Stew Liebman is a production of WNTI and airs Mondays 8-10 PM Eastern Time U.S. – 91.9 FM or OnlineMasthead0907

Maria Bacardi Debuts “Deseo” – Latin Heat

March 11, 2013 at 4:34 pm


“My art and music are both fed from my desire for looking for the truth in beauty, despite the forces of pain and grief.” — Maria Bacardi


Editor’s Note: From the moment I received a copy of Ms. Bacardi’s Deseo CD, I have not been able to get away from it. I love it! It’s romantic, joyful, melancholic, and up lifting. As a woman, her story resonates and her music is dreamy and inspiring. It brought back memories long buried. Goes to show you that you can reinvent yourself at any point in your life. – Elia Esparza

New York, NY – Cuban-born, New York-based musician, artist and performer, Maria Bacardi, announces the release of her debut album of traditional Cuban ballads titled Deseo released through Breaking Records. A release party and two performances by Maria Bacardi and the musicians recorded on the album on March 21, 2013 at The Kitano in New York City at 66 Park Ave. 

Maria Bacardi, Nee Pessino, Reinvents Herself

March 8, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Arts-&-Living-Press_Page_1 Hamptons Life

Publication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

By Michelle Trauring   Jan 8, 2013

Maria Bacardi does not remember fleeing to Spain from Cuba in 1961 as a political exile. She was just 4 years old.

But what came after that, she described as if it had happened yesterday. On Friday and Saturday nights, hordes of family friends poured into her living room, escaping the cold Madrid air. They opened a bottle of rum and her mother, Elena Gomez del Campo Bacardi, pulled out her guitar. And then they began to sing.


They sang songs of love. They sang songs of loss. They sang songs of pain. They sang songs of their homeland—a country they yearned for, a place they would never see again.

“My mother didn’t sing them to me directly, I caught them in the air,” Ms. Bacardi recalled during a telephone interview last week. “They sang to all hours of the morning, crying desperately for their return to Cuba. Crying desperately. I didn’t realize I was living their trauma. I realized, many years later, it became the core of my artistry and my passion and my devotion for art and beauty.”

MARIA BACARDI on The Eclectic Cafe with Bonnie Grice!

March 8, 2013 at 3:57 am
Maria Bacardi will be interviewed FRIDAY March 8th  by Bonnie Grice from the Eclectic Cafe on WPPB radio at 11 AM
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   Weekday mornings Gracie Award-winning host Bonnie Grice provides a “sonic gumbo” of music and conversation on the “Eclectic Cafe”—beginning at 9am with “Conversations at the Cafè”, an on-air meeting place for a wide range of guests, artists/authors/musicians, local and global, sharing ideas and experiences in a format that’s comfortable and informed. This is followed by two exciting musical hours featuring a wide-ranging mix of music from all genres, carefully blended with a generous helping of listener requests, and topped off with the spice of local singer/songwriters.

La Voz Hispana NY – Maria Bacardi (Deseo)

March 8, 2013 at 1:05 am

Maria Bacardi debuts “DESEO”, a recording of traditional Cubanboleros with live performance at the Kitano

Release Party: March 21, 2013 | The Kitano | 66 Park Ave | New York | 10016
Two Performances: 8pm and 10pm
$10 Cover, $15 Minimum food & drink per person, per set
Reservations: 212-885-7119


NEW YORK, NY January 22, 2013 — Cuban-born, New York-based musician, artist and performer, Maria Bacardi, the great granddaughter of the founder of Bacardi rum, announces the release of her debut album of traditional Cuban ballads entitled, Deseo available March 2013 worldwide through Breaking Records. A release party with two live performances by Maria Bacardi and the musicians who recorded Deseo will be held at 8pm and 10pm on March 21, 2013 at The Kitano located at 66 Park Ave in New York City. The illustrious event will be attended by many members of the Bacardi family as well as Maria’s extensive community of celebrated actors, actresses, musicians and artists.

Stay tuned for CD REVIEW in the coming weeks. By Zenn Ramos


February 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Breaking Records will be releasing the debut album DESEO by Maria Bacardi, featuring Cuban Boleros. It will be released on March 21st 2013, including digital and hard copy versions.

As a sneak preview, we’d like to share a very special track from Deseo entitled “Como Fué”. Please click the link below and take a listen.