About Olvido Ruiz

Singer and Recording Artist

Olvido Ruiz Castellanos is a singer and recording artist from Havana, Cuba. She began her career alongside her mother, the famous singer Jaqueline Castellanos (aka La Dama del son) and had her debut on Cuban television already at the age of five. She began her formal musical education at the age of 8 at the National Academy of Arts and Music (Paulita Conception) studying violin, piano and choir direction.

Olvido became the youngest member and lead singer of the well-known female band Azucar performing in Cuba and touring across Latin America as well internationally which finally lead to the band winning the prize Cuba’s Most Beloved Band on Cuban national television.

During her time in Cuba she was involved on various albums directed by maestro Joaquin Betacourt and other Cuban producers in collaboration with Cuban record company EGREM.

In her early twenties, she moved from Havana to Barcelona and performed at numerous concerts and festivals throughout Europe, where she also had the opportunity to be an opening act for legendary vocalist Celia Cruz as well as the Afro Cuban All Stars.

At the beginning of the year 2000 she founded a Latin Hip-Hop project and recorded a new version of Buena Vista Social Club´s song Chan Chan that lead to a record deal with Sony Music in Germany. The song became a success and the music video was played regularly on MTV, VIVA etc. In the following period she collaborated and recorded with renown German Latin jazz pianist Sebastian Schunke (album Vida Pura) as well as with renown producer Meeco (album Amargo Mel) along with famous musicians such as Ron Carter, Eddie Henderson and David Friedman.

In 2008, Olvido founded together with Grammy nominees Klazz Brothers the project Cuba Nova that lead to the release of the album Agua by Sony BMG and touring throughout the world.

In 2012, she was invited as a special guest by one of Germany’s most famous Hip Hop groups Die Fantastischen Vier to participated at a MTV unplugged concert, which included the release of a corresponding DVD.

The following year, she became lead singer of the show Caribbean Cocktail, directed by Rey Rodriguez and toured through Benelux.

In 2014, she collaborated with funk legend Bootsy Collins for whom she recorded her composition Siento Bombo which was released on his album The Funk Capital of the World”.

Recently, she recorded a new album Perlas de Cuba with Cuban pianist Lazara Cachao and now is working on a new solo project. She is regularly invited as a Soloist and tours with various artists such as Marialy Pacheco, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and The Lithuania Philharmonic Orchestra. Being gifted with a fantastic voice and a unique stage presence along with being a passionate singer, Olvido mesmerizes the audience. Her feeling and talent allows her to adapt to any musical style from classical music to salsa, jazz, pop, rock, funk, dance music and Latin jazz.