From March 15 through 17, 2013.
A weekend of diverse Cuban music in Miami Beach is lined up as part of the month-long Miami-wide festival, Global Cuba Fest, which celebrates the roots of Cuban music and the genre’s funkiest innovations exploring jazz, son montuno, bolero, trova, timba and Afro-Cuban rhythms. This year’s lineup on Miami Beach features a widely diverse array of talented contemporary artists including Julio Fowler, Yadam, Pavel Urkiza, Yosvany Terry, Hilario Bell, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez and The Creole Choir of Cuba.
The Miami Beach component of the festival will kick off with a celebration of Afro-Cuban percussion, songwriting, and musical artistry. This series will feature some of the hottest contemporary musicians working in the genre today, with workshops for local youth and an interactive concert for the whole family. The Global Cuba Fest Miami Beach Weekend events will take place at the Deauville Hotel Jazz Club and the North Beach Band Shell in Miami Beach.
Friday, March 15th at 8:00 p.m.
The Deauville Hotel Jazz Club
The Club will re-open its doors with a unique concert by three of the best contemporary Cuban singers and songwriters currently based in Madrid, who have been revitalizing the Cuban music scene in Spain for more than a decade: Yadam, Pavel Urkiza and Julio Fowler. Yadam will bring his unique cutting-edge lyrics and electrifying energy to the local stage along with Pavel Urkiza, an exceptional guitarist and songwriter, whose music combines indigenous and New Age sensibilities with traditional Cuban rhythms and Jazz. Joining them, and appearing for the first time in the U.S., will be the talented Julio Fowler, representing the new wave of Cuban singer/ songwriter whose music is an original mixture of identity & vanguard, an assembly of his Cuban roots with an infusion of international musical trends that complement it. These 3 musicians will perform together in an unprecedented collaboration that celebrates the best of the post-filin generation, and the new fusions of the Diaspora’s most innovative and poetic songwriters and interpreters.
Saturday, March 16th at 2:00 p.m.
North Beach Bandshell
Special Interactive Concert and workshop for Children and Families featuring award-winning Miami-based percussionist Hilario Bell. This is an offering for the whole family and will be a free event! Bring your congas!
Saturday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m.
The North Beach Bandshell
New York-based saxophonist and world-class chekeré player Yosvany Terry and his quintet’s multidisciplinary presentation of “Afro Cuban Roots” with Osmany Paredes, Yunior Terry and Pedrito Martinez as invited artists. This performance is followed on the same night by the Miami-based Grammy Award winner Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez who will heat up the dance floor with his high-powered, sizzling contemporary Latin Jazz percussion, accompanied by his Italy-based Jazz troupe Italuba, performing for the first time in the U.S.
Sunday, March 17th at 7:00 p.m.
The North Beach Bandshell
The Creole Choir of Cuba performs a concert of vocal music honoring the history of their Haitian ascendents enslaved to the Caribbean from West Africa. The Creole Choir’s ten remarkable singers have nurtured traditional Haitian resistance songs and revived vocal traditions passed down through their Haitian-Cuban families since the early 19th century, gradually incorporating contemporary Haitian influences into their unique hybrid sound. This unforgettable concert will delight audiences both young and old and unite Miami’s Cuban and Haitian communities in a celebration and homage to our shared cultural roots.