Lourdes Prez is a prolific Puerto Rican contemporary recording artist, songwriter, composer, arranger, poet, contralto vocalist and guitarist. She is also one of few female dcimistas . Prezs music often conjuring comparisons to the soulful world music genres of cante jonde, morna and fado draws from her jbara roots and a socially conscious genre of SpanishpanLatin American music called nueva trova or nueva cancion.
Prez was born in Hato Arriba, San Sebastin, Puerto Rico. Considered by many to be among the great Latin American female vocalists and songwriters, Lourdes Prez has performed duets with numerous legendary and diverse artists, from Argentine singer Mercedes Sosa and Mexican master decimista Guillermo Velzquez to Canadian pop artist Jane Siberry. Acclaimed for her ability to transcend language...with her achingly beautiful contralto voice, she has devoted her work to promoting human rights around the globe. Lourdes is one of 1000 performers in the world profiled in the MusicHound World The Essential Album Guide and she is featured in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States .