Cucu Diamantes grew up in a rundown neighborhood on the outskirts of Havana, but she quickly became a citizen of the world. She's a songwriter, actress, and former drag performer.
She escaped Cuba for an arts school in Rome, and ended up in the underground music scene in New York, where she co-founded the Latin alternative band Yerba Buena. She has also performed with artists including Dave Matthews, Ray Charles, and Latin star Juanes. Cucu released her solo debut, ''CuCuLand,'' in which she sings in Spanish and Punjabi, and mixes salsa, funk, hip-hop, flamenco and more.
Listen to the entire interview with Cucu Diamantes.