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Claudia Acuña

Claudia Acuña

“I’ve seen whales, dolphins. I really needed to be near water,” says Chilean-born singer Claudia Acuña from her Hawaiian retreat. “I’ve been under a lot of pressure recently and not taken a vacation in seven years. The up and down that musicians go through in this country is something I wasn’t used to.”

However tired she is, Acuña comes alive discussing Rhythm of Life (Verve), the follow-up to her acclaimed 2000 debut, Wind From the South. She and pianist Billy Childs produced the CD, which presents a hemispheric songbook of popular music from Tin Pan Alley, Chilean “new song,” Brazilian pop, Puerto Rican folk, a rendition of “Nature Boy” and a lone original, “Nowhere to Go.”

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