The world’s most internationally renowned Cuban artists will descend upon Miami Beach to perform at the sixth annual Global Cuba Fest Miami Beach Weekend March 15-17, presented by FUNDarte and Miami Light Project. The highly anticipated weekend festival of live Cuban music celebrates the roots of Cuban music and the genre’s funkiest innovations: from Jazz to son montuno … from bolero to trova … from timba to Afro-Cuban rhythms.
The Miami Beach weekend music festival kicks off with a celebration of Afro-Cuban percussion, songwriting, and musical artistry, with some of the most internationally acclaimed contemporary Cuban musicians working in the genre today: Julio Fowler, Yadam, Pavel Urkiza, Yosvany Terry, Hilario Bell, Horacio Hernandez, Pedrito Martinez and The Creole Choir of Cuba.
Global Cuba Fest also features workshops for local youth and an interactive concert for the whole family.
Friday, March, 15th, at 8:00 p.m. The Deauville Hotel Jazz Club re-opens its doors with a concert by three contemporary Cuban singer/songwriters currently based in Madrid, revitalizing the Cuban music scene in Spain – Yadam, Pavel Urkiza and Julio Fowler.
Yadam brings his cutting-edge lyrics and electrifying energy to the 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 ever in the U.S.), is Julio Fowler, whose music is an original mixture of identity and vanguard, celebrating his Cuban roots with an infusion of international musical trends.
These three musicians will perform together in an unprecedented collaboration celebrating the post-filin generation, plus the new fusions from the Diaspora’s most innovative and poetic songwriters and vocalists.
Saturday, March 16th, at 2:00 p.m. Miami Beach’s North Beach Bandshell will be the site for a special interactive concert and workshop for families featuring award-winning Miami-based percussionist Hilario Bell. This is an offering for the whole family and will be a free event. Saturday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m. Also at the North Beach Bandshell, the New York-based saxophonist and world-class Chekeré player Yosvany Terry and his quintet’s multidisciplinary presents “Afro Cuban Roots” with Osmany Paredes, Yunior Terry and Pedrito Martinez as invited artists.
This performance is followed on the same night at 9:00 p.m. with a performance by the Miami-based Grammy Award winner Horacio Hernandez who heats 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 ever in the United States.
Sunday, March 17th 7:00 p.m. At the North Beach Bandshell, the Creole Choir of Cuba performs a concert of vocal music honoring the history of their Haitian ancestors 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, 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 their shared cultural roots.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary, FUNDarte is funded in part by the Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Council, the City of Miami Beach, The Knight Foundation for the Arts, The Miami Foundation, and South Arts.
Tickets: March 15: Deauville Hotel Jazz Club $25 general admission, $5 Off for students and seniors March 16: North Beach Bandshell $20 general admission, $5 Off for students and seniors March 17: North Beach Bandshell $10 general admission.
Global Cuba Fest Miami Beach Weekend: March 15th – 17th
Friday, March 15th, 8:00 p.m. at Deauville Hotel Jazz Club: • Cuban Songwriters based in Spain (Yadam, Pavel Urkiza and Julio Fowler)
Saturday, March 16th at North Beach Bandshell: • 2:00 p.m. – Interactive Percussion Performance by Hilario Bell (Free) • 7:00 p.m. – Yosvany Terry Quintet • 9:00 p.m. – Horacio Hernandez and Italuba
Sunday, March 17th, 7:00 p.m. at North Beach Bandshell: • The Creole Choir of Cuba
For more information on Global Cuba Fest, please visit fundarte.us.
Global Cuba Fest is a month-long festival featuring the best of contemporary music from musicians and songwriters from Cuba and the Cuban Diaspora.
FUNDarte is a multidisciplinary non-profit organization dedicated to producing, presenting, and promoting music, theater, dance, film and visual arts that speak to Miami’s diverse cultures with an emphasis on Hispanic arts and culture.
Miami Light Project is a not-for-profit cultural organization which presents live performances by innovative dance, music and theater artists from around the world; supports the development of new work by South Florida-based artists; and offers educational programs for students of every age.