Singer, composer, pianist, Afro Cuban dancer, actress, and educator Melvis Santa was born and raised in the heart of an eclectic neighborhood in Havana, being exposed to multi-cultural traditions early on. Since age 4 she participated every weekend in the art programs offered by Gran Teatro de La Habana, Teatro Bellas Artes, and El Musical, three legendary theaters located in her hometown. At 7 she started playing classical piano. Years later she graduated of Piano and Music Theory from the prestigious Amadeo Roldan Conservatory.
Likewise, Melvis has collaborated with greats such as Roman Diaz, Ravi Coltrane, Steve Coleman, David Virelles, Gilles Peterson and Havana Cultura, Adam Cruz, Linda Oh, Fabian Almazan, Bill O`Connell and the Latin Jazz All Stars, Emeline Michel, Les Nubians, Chucho Valdes, Michel Legrand, Joao Donato, Emilio Santiago, Descemer Bueno, Buena Vista Social Club, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, Silvio Rodriguez, Pablo Milanes, Muñequitos de Matanzas, Team Cuba de La Rumba with Rumberos de Cuba, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, among others.