18th Annual Afro Roots World Music Festival
The 18th annual Afro Roots World Music Festival will take place on Saturday , September 3, 2016. The event will once again take place at the historic North Beach Bandshell located at 7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Doors will open at 5PM and the first act will go on at 5:30PM.
This year we will feature the Chicago Afrobeat Project. This group has risen among afrobeat groups after emerging as one of the first nationally touring American bands to take the sound to the masses. Over the years the band has mastered a sound that successfully weaves the uniqueness of the Chicago music scene with a distinct Nigerian style of music.
In the summers of 2013 and 2014 the band collaborated with drummer Tony Allen, Fela Kuti's drummer for the first 15 years. The release of "Nyash Up!" -- the bands fourth official album project -- puts its best sounding, best produced music on center stage. Over the years the group has defined and redefined their signature version of afrobeat. Their latest work is reaching into new territories incorporating elements of hip-hop, orchestra-like musical arrangement, and exciting stylistic exploration touching on rock, jazz and funk. The 8-piece group is established as one of the top bands in the afrobeat world.
Also featured at this years festival is Aurelio Martinez, a global representative of the Garifuna culture by way of Honduras. Born in the tiny coastal hamlet of Plaplaya on Honduras Caribbean coast, Aurelio may be one of the last generations to grow up steeped in Garifuna tradition. These traditions encompass the African and Caribbean Indian roots of his ancestors, a group of shipwrecked slaves who intermarried with local natives on the island of St. Vincent, only to be deported to the Central American coast in the late eighteenth century.When not performing and recording, Aurelio takes on the role of representative to the Honduran National Congress, the first of African descent in the countrys history. Devoting himself to a different approach to supporting and promoting Garifuna culture, Aurelio set aside his music making for years as a legislator and politician.
The opening act will be Uma Galera. Miamis experimental reggae band Uma Galera is a 8-piece powerhouse playing Latin-tinged grooves laced with rock, funk, ska and more to create what they call world soul music. Their fitting name means one crowd, as their bouts of musical improvisation inspire unity and grow good vibes.
Finally, spinning the best from the different eras of World Music will be DJ Moses. DJ Moses has been a mainstay of the festival for over ten years now.
North Beach Bandshell (View)
7275 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33141
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|