CuCu Diamantes (born La Habana, Cuba) is a renowned singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist. She began her musical career singing backup vocals for a salsa band in Rome, where she was studying art. After finishing her studies, she moved to New York City and founded the band Yerba Buena with Andres Levin. The band’s debut, President Alien, was nominated for a 2004 Grammy. In 2009, Diamantes released her Grammy-nominated solo debut Cuculand. And in 2012, CuCu’s feature-length film, Amor Crónico, premiered at SXSX, directed by Jorge Perugorría, and produced by Andres Levin and Sarah Green. The film follows CuCu across Cuba as an ironic road movie showing parts of Cuba most people never see to the great using a mix of comedy and poetic tragedy inspired by the films by Fellini and Almodovar. In 2014 CuCu took part of Fatima, a film based on the novel by famous Cuban writer Miguel Barnet and directed by Jorge Perugorría. Diamantes also has participated in several artistic productions and events that advocate for social justice and political activism. Diamantes performed in Amnesty International’s “Price of Silence” video, making a plea for universal human rights. Diamantes has also performed in the “Podemos con Obama” video, inspired by will.i.am‘s “Yes We Can” video, in support of Barack Obama. She also participated in the Obama Latin Inaugural Ball. Diamantes is a spokesperson for Amnesty International’s “Protect the Human” and “Stop Violence Against Women” campaigns. In 2009, Diamantes performed at a peace concert in Cuba for over a million fans. She is also a co-founder and artistic ambassador for Music Has No Enemies, a nonprofit designed to spread social justice through film and music.