The 21st Afro Roots Fest Wraps in Key Largo June 29 with a Whole New Twist

Community Arts and Culture presents a celebration of international foods, local craft beers, and a taste of Miami’s music scene at the Murray Nelson Cultural Center 

Key Largo, FL – June 11, 2019 – The 2019 Afro Roots Fest  concludes at Mile Marker 102 in Key Largo on Saturday, June 29, 2019.  For the first time ever, the beloved music festival will team up with local favorite Arthur’s Caribbean Kitchen, who will create a special menu presenting a taste of international cuisines from Africa to the Caribbean. The event will also offer craft beer tastings by South Florida standouts the The TANK Brewing Company and the Florida Keys Brewing Company, in addition to featuring live music by Elastic Bond, JUke, the Nag Champayons, plus the DJ Le Spam VW Bus Experience. The result? An evolving Afro Roots Fest offering deep satisfaction for music fans and foodies alike.

“We are  thrilled to conclude the 21st edition of the festival with the addition of a culinary twist,” says Jose Elias, festival founder and executive director of Community Arts and Culture (CAC). “The event will  celebrate the diversity of Miami’s local music scene, with something for fans of all genres, be it Latin funk, rock, blues, or psychedelia.” Elias has organized Afro Roots Fest for 21 years, the last two enjoying multi-county runs, including stops in the Florida Keys.

Also, there will be a variety of arts and craft vendors, plus a Moksha Virtual Reality Gallery curated by the Moksha Arts Collective. The festival will kick off at 3 p.m. at the Murray Nelson Cultural Center (102050 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037). All ages are welcome. Admission is free, with a $10 suggested donation. 

Free transportation to and from the event aboard the Afro Roots Jam Bus will be available from The TANK Brewing Company (5100 NW 72nd Ave, Bay A-1, Miami, FL 33166).  It will depart at 1:30 p.m. and return by 10 p.m. Seating is limited so those interested must RSVP on the festival Eventbrite page

Nacional Records recording artists Elastic Bond were established in Miami in 2006. Originally a loose studio collaboration between Venezuelan producer-musician Andrés Ponce and Honduran singer-songwriter Sofy Encanto, the band now fuses funk, hip-hop, soul and Latin into a sound self-described as psychedelic tropical soul written and performed in Spanish and English. Their latest release is 2017’s Honey Bun, a collaboration with Grammy-winner Adrian Quesada as co-producer. www.ElasticBond.com 
 
JUke is a four-piece, “post-blues,” hybrid with a high motor and bottomless soul. Spearheaded by frontman / harmonica player / singer Eric Garcia, the band’s content touches on non-traditional subject matter while simultaneously keeping the crowd moving with a smile on their faces. They are jam festival favorites, appearing at events such as WaneeHulaweenAURAMagnolia Fest, and the Orange Blossom Jamboree
 
Miami’s Afro Galactic / Tropidelic funksters the Nag Champayons blend African, Caribbean and North American influences into a unique and extremely danceable sound. Their most recent release is the single and video for “Brazilian LSD”, which served as a follow up to 2015’s masterful Rising Sounds of a Sinking City, a darkly serious and ominous 21-minute environmentally-conscious theme. For more details, visit www.NagChampayons.com.
 
Andrew Yeomanson, AKA DJ Le Spam spins all manner of genres, from Miami funk to soul, salsa to world music and everything in between. He has held many high-profile DJ residencies, and spun at countless private and corporate events. Le Spam also records and produces music from his City of Progress Studio in North Miami and leads the Latin Grammy-nominated and nationally and internationally-touring band the Spam Allstars, are one of Miami’s most popular and longest-running bands.
 
The event is being made possible with the generous support of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, and the Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center.
 
High resolution images and videos are available. For more information, please visit www.AfroRootsFest.com or call 305.853.8800.

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ABOUT COMMUNITY ARTS & CULTURE
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.
 
In addition to the joint venture with the Little Haiti Community Center called Let the Children Have Music, and the ongoing World Music Tuesdays series at the Wynwood Yard, CAC co-produces the Roots in the Schools program, which brings music to Miami-area schools.
 
For more information, please visit www.communityartsandculture.org.
 
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Afro Roots Fest Returns to Islamorada on Memorial Day Weekend

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Community Arts and Culture presents a day of live entertainment at the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District Sunday, May 26 featuring the Spam Allstars, Grupo Barrio Abajo, Morikeba Kouyate, David Feder, FABI, and Venezonix   

Islamorada, FL – May 7, 2019 – The annual Afro Roots Fest concert series returns to the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Last year, the event drew world music lovers from all over South Florida to the Florida Keys Brewing Company,and enjoyed a day-long run of live music, vendors, and musical workshops. This year, the lineup will feature another eclectic roster with some familiar faces on Sunday, May 26 at 151 Morada Way, Islamorada, FL 33036, beginning at 3 p.m. All ages welcome; $10 suggested donation. 

“We’re excited to be back in lovely Islamorada and are especially thankful to our wonderful partners and sponsors, the Florida Keys Brewing Company,” says Jose Elias, festivalfounder and executive director of Community Arts and Culture (CAC). “We look forward to honoring the ultimate sacrifices made by the members of the U.S. Armed forces with a day of incredible music in a stunningly beautiful setting.” Elias will also play the tres and guitar with the Spam Allstars.

A Latin Grammy-nominated and nationally and internationally-touring band, the Spam Allstars are one of Miami’s most popular, well-known, longest-running and accomplished bands. Part Afro-Cuban, part hip-hop, part funk, part electronica, they were founded by musician, producer, and musicologist Andrew Yeomanson, AKA DJ Le Spam. The group’s latest recorded effort is called Trans-Oceanic, their sixth full-length released in 2016. Learn more at www.SpamAllstars.com.

Group Barrio Abajo seeks to raise international awareness of the folkloric musical heritage of the Caribbean Colombia by presenting styles such as cumbia, bullerengue, porro, chandé and more than thirty other unparalleled musical rhythms. Globally, their home country is known for cumbia and vallenato, but these are just two parts of their musically diverse heritage. Barrio Abajo performed during the 2018 edition of Afro Roots Fest Islamorada. Learn more about them here: www.facebook.com/GrupoBarrioAbajo.

Kouyate is a native of Senegal and an Afro Roots Fest repeat performer. He is a Kora master and a trained Griot, meaning he captivates audiences with his 20-string, harp-like instrument and maintains a tradition of West African oral history through song. His performances are like beautiful, melodic storytellings. Click https://youtu.be/n0O4eqU-wcA to see him in action at the festival’s 2014 incarnation in Little Haiti. 

Feder fuses his background of jazz and classical music with Flamenco folk stylings and a multi-cultural island vibe. His music has been featured on NPR’s All Songs ConsideredWorld Café LivePBS Art LoftNPR’s Folk & Acoustic Music, among other outlets. Feder spent six weeks at the top of the Broadjam World Music Chart with his critically acclaimed album “Black Emerald” and has been featured on All My Children(ABC), Art Loft (PBS), the NBC Good Morning show, National Park Service educational videos, and Florida Everglades documentaries.

FABI is the musical project led by multi-instrumentalist Fabi Patino that blends world-beat with rootsy grooves. Venezonix is the brainchild of Elastic Bond’s co-founder and keyboardist Andres Ponce, a mix of Afro-Venezuelan rhythms with electronic sounds. AGPA DJ Selector will entertain the audience in between live sets.

The events are being made possible with the generous support of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, Keys ICE (Islamorada Community Entertainment), the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District, and the Florida Keys Brewing Company. 

High resolution images and videos are available. For more information, please visit www.AfroRootsFest.com or call 305.916.5521.

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ABOUT COMMUNITY ARTS & CULTURE

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.

In addition to the joint venture with the Little Haiti Community Center called Let the Children Have Music, and the ongoing World Music Tuesdays series at the Wynwood Yard, CAC co-produces the Roots in the Schools program, which brings music to Miami-area schools.

For more information, please visit www.communityartsandculture.org.

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Michael Mut
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Afro Roots Fest Debuts in Homestead at the Historic Seminole Theatre April 27

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Award-winning Cuban artist Danay Suarez and Keys-based guitar virtuoso David Feder to perform concert in the heart of the city’s extraordinary, restored district

Homestead, FL – April 7, 2019 – An important premiere such as this calls for a remarkable venue. The Afro Roots Fest will make its debut in the City of Homestead at the historic Seminole Theatre (18 N Krome Ave, Homestead, FL 33030) on Saturday, April 27, 2019 with a special presentation of Cuban singer / songwriter Danay Suarez and Islamorada-based guitarist David Feder beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are available online at bit.ly/ARH19. The event is being produced and presented by the Miami-based musical non-profit Community Arts and Culture (CAC).  

“The musical driver of this year’s festival is the celebration of women in world music, and we would be hard-pressed to find anyone better than Danay to represent the vanguard of Afro-Cuban music today,” says Jose Elias, festivalfounder and CAC’s executive director. “We know that audiences will truly enjoy her art and connect with her music, as will they with David’s, who is an exceptional talent on guitar.”

The four-time Grammy-nominated Suarez is a thoughtful, eloquent vocalist who singularly combines soul and hip-hop with reggae and the traditional Cuban styling called son. Her latest offering Palabras Manualesfeatures contributions from Stephen MarleyIdan RaichelRoberto Fonseca and Jason Matthews. A veteran of many major national and international music festivals, Danay won the prestigious La Gaviota de Inspiración award during the 2017 Festival Viňa in Chile.

Feder fuses his background of jazz and classical music with Flamenco folk stylings and a multi-cultural island vibe. His music has been featured on NPR’s All Songs ConsideredWorld Café LivePBS Art LoftNPR’s Folk & Acoustic Music, among other outlets. Feder spent six weeks at the top of the Broadjam World Music Chart with his critically acclaimed album “Black Emerald” and has been featured on All My Children(ABC), Art Loft (PBS), the NBC Good Morning show, National Park Service educational videos, and Florida Everglades documentaries.

Now in its 21st year, the Afro Roots Fest – named one of “South Florida’s Ten Best Music Festivals” by the Miami New Times – is a travelling affair that brings music from the African diaspora and the Caribbean to the masses.

This event is being made possible with the support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and Knight Foundation. For more information, call 786.650.2073 or visit www.AfroRootsFest.com.

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ABOUT COMMUNITY ARTS & CULTURE

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.

In addition to the joint venture with the Little Haiti Community Center called Let the Children Have Music, and the ongoing World Music Tuesdays series at the Wynwood Yard, CAC co-produces the Roots in the Schools program, which brings music to Miami-area schools.

For more information, please visit www.communityartsandculture.org.

MEDIA CONTACT
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Michael Mut
786.426.2277
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Afro Roots Fest Shifts to Key West, Celebrates Cuba April 18 – 20

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Community Arts and Culture presents a series of events designed to highlight Cuba’s contribution to world music at The Green Parrot and The Studios of Key West, featuring The Spam Allstars, Cortadito, and Electric Piquete 

Key West, FL – March 20, 2019 – As it did for the first time last year, the Afro Roots Fest concert series will head down U.S. 1 for a stop at Mile Marker 0 April 18 through 20, 2019. Afro Roots Key West will serve as a celebration of Cuba’s importance not only to the world of music, but to the Conch Key’s prominent role in the history of Cuba, featuring a music documentary, live music, even cigar-rolling.

The festivities will open Thursday the 18th with Miami Latin-funk band Electric Piquete’s debut at The Green Parrot (601 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040) at 9 p.m. On Friday, April 19, a screening of the documentary Eliades Ochoa: from Cuba to the World at The Studios of Key West (533 Eaton Street, Key West, FL 33040) will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Finally, Cuban folk act Cortadito celebrates Cuba with a performance also at TSKW on Saturday, 8 p.m., and then the Spam Allstars perform at the official closing party at the Green Parrot beginning at 10 p.m.      

“Key West is inextricably woven into the fabric of Cuban colonial history, similar to how African influences are embedded in Cuban music,” says Jose Elias, festival founder and executive director of Community Arts and Culture (CAC). “We look forward to celebrating these historical and musical parallels at some of the island’s premiere spots in The Studios of Key West and the Green Parrot.” Elias is Cortadito’s co-founder and tres player, and also performs with the Spam Allstars.

Electric Piquete is best known for its fiery originals and inventive interpretations of Latin and jazz standards. A powerfully-tight drums / bass / guitar / keys / congas rhythm section sets the groove for a fiery horn section, taking listeners on an Afro-Caribbean journey of sound. Named “Best Latin Band” by the Miami New Times in 2009 and 2015, the band is a veritable melting pot of influences that range from rock to jazz and spiced with everything in between: funk, fusion, old-school salsa, progressive and R&B. They will be joined by special guest Tomas Diaz on vocals and percussion. Show is free and open to 21 and over. Learn more at www.ElectricPiquete.com.  

Directed by CynthiaBiestek and RubenGomez, the 2018 musical documentary Eliades Ochoa: from Cuba to the World follows the path of a poor country musician from Eastern Cuba who rises to the challenge of spreading his beloved traditional music to the whole world, along the way finding success as a member of the legendary Cuban group the Buena Vista Social Club. $10 tickets to the screening at The Studios of Key West are available online here, followed by a Q&A with Biestek and a reception.

Cortadito specializes in performing Cuban music from the early 20th century, transporting listeners to a time when Trio Matamoros and Ignacio Piniero ruled the Cuban music world.  The band, who recently released a new EP of music called Canciones de Julio, faithfully performs standards in the traditional stylings called Son MontunoGuarachaBoleroNengon, and Bolero Son. In 2018, Cortadito served as the backing band for the Buena Vista Social Club legend Ochoa himself. Learn more at www.CortaditoSon.com. Get tickets to their event, which also includes a complimentary traditional Cuban rum drink called a mojito, plus cigar-rollers here: bit.ly/ARKW19.  

The Spam Allstars are not only one of Miami’s most popular, well-known, and longest-running and accomplished bands, but they have been nominated for a Latin Grammy and toured nationally. Part Afro-Cuban, part hip-hop, part funk, part electronica, they were founded by musician, producer, and musicologist Andrew Yeomanson, AKA DJ Le Spam. The group’s latest release is their sixth full-length called Trans-Oceanic (2016). Learn more at www.SpamAllstars.com; 21 and over welcome to their show at Green Parrot.

The events are being made possible with the support of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, the Ambrosia Key West, The Studios of Key West, and The Green Parrot.

High resolution images and videos are available. For more information, please visit www.AfroRootsFest.com or call 305.296.0458.

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ABOUT COMMUNITY ARTS & CULTURE

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.

In addition to the joint venture with the Little Haiti Community Center called Let the Children Have Music, and the ongoing World Music Tuesdays series at the Wynwood Yard, CAC co-produces the Roots in the Schools program, which brings music to Miami-area schools.
For more information, please visit www.communityartsandculture.org.

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Afro Roots Fest Miami Beach ft. Fatoumata Diawara and Noura Mint Seymali April 6 at North Beach Bandshell

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Miami Beach, FL – March 13, 2019 – Next month’s Afro Roots Fest concert on Miami Beach will celebrate the feminine spirit of world music with a double bill of African chanteuses and a team of local dancers. Mauritanian Griot Noura Mint Seymali and Malian singer / guitarist FatoumataDiawara will perform at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33141) on April 6, 2019, as will the African Watoto Dance Theatre. This is the first official concert of the Afro Roots Fest’s 21st season; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are now available for $28 online through bit.ly/ARFMB19, and will be $35 at the door; all ages are welcome.  

This event is being co-presented with MDC Live Arts and the Rhythm Foundation, and is made possible with the support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, the Doris Duke Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council.

WHO: Fatoumata Diawara and Noura Mint Seymali

WHAT: Afro Roots Fest Miami Beach

WHEN: Saturday, April 6, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33141

TICKETS: $28 online now; $35 at the door

Full press release available here; high resolution images and videos are available. For more information, please  visit www.CommunityArtsandCulture.org or call 305.672.5202.

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ABOUT COMMUNITY ARTS & CULTURE
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.

In addition to the joint venture with the Little Haiti Community Center called Let the Children Have Music, and the ongoing World Music Tuesdays series at the Wynwood Yard, CAC co-produces the Roots in the Schools program, which brings music to Miami-area schools.

For more information, please visit www.communityartsandculture.org.

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Michael Mut
786.426.2277
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Road to Afro Roots Miami Beach

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The Road to Afro Roots Travels through North Beach
 

Miami Beach, FL – February 7, 2019 – In keeping with this year’s theme of celebrating women in world music, the Road to Afro Roots shifts back to Miami Beach this month and next with a pair of free events. On the heels of a successful launch last month in Jupiter, the series will see Venus Rising Drum & Dance Ensemble paired up with the African Watoto Dance Theatre on Thursday, February 28, 2019, beginning at 8 p.m. Then, Sol + the Tribu will perform March 28 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The two evenings serve as a warm up for the Afro Roots Fest concertfeaturing a double bill of African chanteuses in Mauritanian Griot Noura Mint Seymali and Malian singer / guitarist Fatoumata Diawara. They are slated to perform on April 6, 2019, as will the African Watoto Dance Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and pre-sale tickets are now available for $28 online through bit.ly/ARFMB19they will be $35 at the door. All ages are welcome.

WHO / WHEN:

February 28 – Venus Rising Drum & Dance Ensemble (African, Caribbean, Brazilian and Middle Eastern music and movement styles), and African Watoto Dance Theatre (youth-led West African dance)

March 28 – Sol + the Tribu (electronic music with Afro-Cuban rhythms, cumbia, reggaeton, funk, blues, and hip-hop)

WHAT: the Road to Afro Roots concert series

WHERE: North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141

More information available at www.AfroRootsFest.com.  

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ABOUT COMMUNITY ARTS & CULTURE
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.
In addition to the joint venture with the Little Haiti Community Center called Let the Children Have Music, and the ongoing World Music Tuesdays series at the Wynwood Yard, CAC co-produces the Roots in the Schools program, which brings music to Miami-area schools.

For more information, please visit www.communityartsandculture.org.
 

MEDIA CONTACT
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Michael Mut
786.426.2277
info@mutcomm.com 

Venus Rising Drum & Dance Ensemble
African Watoto Dance Theatre
Sol + the Tribu
Afro Roots Fest Miami Beach – click here for tickets