Grammy and Emmy-winning Cuban songstress Albita will perform live in concert at Tropical Park on Friday, Oct. 18.
A two-time Grammy winner and nine-time Grammy nominee, her recent album Una Mujer Que Canta has just been nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of “Best Salsa Album of the Year.” The show starts at 8 p.m. and admission and parking are free.
This is the first of four free family- style concerts in the 2013-14 Noches Tropicales concert series presented by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and sponsored by Target.
Born in Havana, Cuba as Albita Rodriguez, the internationally renowned recording artist is simply known as “Albita.” A powerful voice and star presence from the start, Albita performed regularly at Cuba’s top hotels and nightclubs introducing her “compadres” to a new twist on their beloved Cuban folk music.
In 1988 she released her debut album, Habrá Música Guajira, and a second album, Si se da la siembra, followed a year later. Looking to expand her recording and touring options she defected to the United States via Colombia in 1993, making Miami her new home.
Albita’s exciting renditions of Cuban son, bolero, rumba, and mambo quickly captivated the Miami music scene; gaining celebrity fans like Madonna, Gianni Versace, and Gloria and Emilio Estefan. The next year, she was signed by the Estefan’s Crescent Moon label and released her first U.S. single Qué Manera de Quererte.
Affectionately referred to as the “Cuban Diva,” Albita has since achieved many hit singles and international acclaim. She is considered to be one of the Latin Music Industry’s most esteemed music artists, directors and composers.
Noches Tropicales and Tropical Nights are produced each year by Miami-Dade Parks to bring communities closer together through the presentation of culturally diverse entertainment that is free and enjoyable for families. Now in its eighth year, Noches Tropicales, inaugurated by Miami- Dade County Commissioner Javier D. Souto, has showcased more than 28 evening concerts at Tropical Park that have included traditional Cuban contemporary music and zarzuelas, Argentinean tango, Brazilian Jazz, and a Spanish-language version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. More than 45,000 patrons have attended Noches Tropicales concerts over the years.
Tropical Park is located at 7900 SW 40 St.
Noches Tropicales concertgoers are encouraged to bring along a blanket, chairs and snacks to better enjoy the festivities. In the event of rain concerts may be cancelled. Concert performers are subject to change. For more information on Noches Tropicales/Tropical Nights concerts, call Vivian Greer Digon at 305-271-0812 or visit Miami- Dade County Parks on the web at <www.miamidade.gov/parks>.