Sun Ra Arkestra in Concert on Miami Beach 4/7


Sun Ra Arkestra and Morikeba Kouyate Mark 20 Years of the Afro Roots World Music Festival April 7

Event at North Beach Bandshell begins at 7 p.m. and is open to all ages; tickets available online

Miami Beach, FL – March 13, 2018 – The Afro Roots World Music Festivalcomes full circle for its 20th anniversary celebration, featuring  Sun Ra Arkestra in concert on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, 33141).  The music begins at 7 p.m.with special guest Morikeba Kouyate. Tickets are available online at This year’s edition of the festival, which is curated and run by the non-profit organization Community Arts and Culture (CAC), features more than 50 international and local acts from all over the world, in venues from Jupiter to Key West.

“The whole concept of the Afro Roots Fest initially came together as a tribute to Sun Ra himself,” says Jose Elias, founder and executive director of CAC. “I had just seen the film A Joyful Noise and it inspired me so much that I put together a band called the Afro Polyphonic Space Orchestra and created the festival around it.”  Fast-forward twenty years, and the tribute has evolved into a successful yearly musical and cultural community program.

Directed by alto saxophonist Marshall Allen, the Sun Ra Arkestra are musical torch-bearers for the late, great keyboardist and big-band innovator born Herman Poole Blount. The Arkestra carry on the traditions set by the cosmic philosopher, complete with full costumes and the “Songbook from Saturn”. They maintain a busy touring schedule and continue to release albums, beginning with 1999’s Song for the Sun. Learn more at

Kouyate, a native of Senegal and an Afro Roots Fest favorite, is a Kora master and a trained Griot, meaning he maintains a tradition of West African oral history through songHis handmade instrument is a captivating 20-string, harp-like beauty, which he wields powerfully in his melodic storytelling. Click to view a clip of him at the festival’s 16th incarnation.

Named one of “South Florida’s Ten Best Music Festivals” by the Miami New Times in August,  the festival will continue the celebration of its 20th anniversary with a journey into the Florida Keys for the first time on April 28 at the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District (151 Morada Way, Islamorada, FL 33060.

The Miami Beach show is made possible through the support of the MiamiDade Department of Cultural Affairs, the Miami Beach Cultural ArtsCouncil, and is being presented in part by MDC Live Arts.

For more information, ticket links and the full performer lineup, please visit or call 305.672.5202.



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 produced the A Day at the Beach Concert Series, which enjoyed a five- year run, in addition to co-producing the Roots in the Schools program, which brings music to Miami-area schools.

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