19th Annual Afro Roots World Music Fest Coming 4/7 & 4/22


19th Annual Afro Roots World Music Festival Features Salif Keita April 7 and Vieux Farka Touré April 22

Both events to be held at North Beach Bandshell, with the Touré show dovetailing into the TransAtlantic Music Festival

Miami Beach, FL – March 21, 2017 – As one of South Florida’s longest-running musical events, the Afro Roots World Music Festival presents some of the most exciting pan-African musicians and celebrates the spread and evolution of the Dark Continent’s culture. This year, the festival’s 19th, performances are spread out over two weekends at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141) and feature the “Golden Voice of Africa” Salif Keita on Friday, April 7, followed by the “Jimi Hendrix of the Sahara” Vieux Farka Touré Saturday, April 22. Tickets for day one are available here: bit.ly/ARWMF19; day two tickets are available here: bit.ly/ARWMF19-2. Start time for both is 6 p.m.

“This year certainly promises to be one of our best, and I’m truly excited about showcasing Salif Keita and Vieux Farka Touré, two world-class artists and musicians,” says Jose Elias, founder and executive director of the Miami-based non-profit Community Arts & Culture. “Our mission with this event has always been to foster an appreciation and understanding of African music and culture, and we feel we have two outstanding examples, and more.”

Keita is considered Mali’s most well-known singer / songwriter, seamlessly combining R&B, rock and jazz into one pan-ethnic sound. Born to a royal family, the artist was disowned by his father upon announcing his intention to purse music. He first rose to prominence as part of the Rail Band, which was renamed Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux, before embarking on a solo career in 1984. He has since released more than a dozen recordings, including 2012’s Talé, his latest.

Touré is another Mali national whose sound can be described as ancient West African desert blues meets modern rock. As the son of another well-known guitarist, Ali Farke Touré, he cut his professional teeth as part of the backing band for kora master Toumani Diabaté. Originally a percussionist, he switched to guitar and has enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist, spanning 12 years and nine releases, he latest being 2015’s Touristes, a collaboration with American singer-songwriter Julia Easterlin

The support act for April 7 is Cortadito, Miami’s Cuban folklore masters. On April 22, Sinkane (Sudanese jazz / funk / rock) and Symbi Roots, the all-female Haitian rara band, are both scheduled to perform. A special “Road to AfroRoots” warm-up concert by the Antilles Music Ensemble also takes place at the North Beach Bandshell on March 22, from 6 to 10 p.m. This event coincides with the monthly Food Trucks & Music Night presented by the City of Miami Beach. This show is free and all ages are welcome.

For more information, please visit www.communityartsandculture.org/afro-roots-world-music-festival or call 800.838.3006.



Incorporated in September 2002, Community Arts and Culture, Inc. (CAC) is a Miami-based non-profit organization that fosters an appreciation and understanding of a vast assortment of arts and cultures through workshops, lectures and artistic performances in local communities for individuals of all ages and social backgrounds.

CAC also produces the A Day at the Beach Concert Series, which is going on five-plus years now, as well as co-produces the Roots in the Schools program, which brings music to Miami-area at-risk children.

For more information, visit www.communityartsandculture.org.

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