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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Afro Roots Fest Islamorada Coming 4/28

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Afro Roots Fest Travels to Islamorada for 20th Anniversary Celebration April 28

Morada Bay Arts and Cultural District hosts all-day event featuring live music, African dance and percussion workshop, instrument show and tell, vendors and more

Islamorada, FL – April 10, 2018 – The Afro Roots World Music Festival travels to the Florida Keys for the first time in its 20-year history this month. Islamorada’s Morada Bay Arts and Cultural District will be the scene of the celebration on Saturday, April 28, 2018, and will feature live music by the Nag ChampayonsCortaditoGrupo Barrio Abajo, and myriad family-friendly activities designed to enrich and entertain. The district is located at 151 Morada Way, Islamorada, FL 33036. Event is open to the public of all ages; suggested donation is $10.

“Although some of the effects of Hurricane Irma are still visible throughout the Florida Keys, the area is open for business and we intend to celebrate joyfully and accordingly,” says Jose Elias, founder and executive director of Community Arts and Culture (CAC). “The Keys are a national treasure and we are excited and proud to be bringing the Afro Roots Fest to Islamorada April 28. We look forward to sharing the wonderful African diaspora with residents and out-of-the-area travelers alike.”

Miami’s Afro Galactic / Tropidelic funksters the Nag Champayons blend African, Caribbean and North American influences into a unique and extremely danceable sound. Cortadito specializes in performing Cuban Son Montunomusic similar to the Buena Vista Social Club, effectively transporting listeners back to a time when Trio Matamoros and Ignacio Piniero ruled the airwaves. Grupo Barrio Abajo aims to raise international awareness of the folkloric musical heritage of the Caribbean Colombia; styles such as cumbiabullerengueporrochandé and more than thirty other unparalleled musical rhythms.

This year’s edition of the festival, which is curated and run by the non-profit organization CAC, features more than 50 international and local acts from all over the world, in venues from Jupiter to Key West. Up next are two very special events scheduled for Key West May 17 through 19, and Key Largo on June 2.

The event is being made possible through the generous support of the Florida Keys Tourism Development CouncilKeys ICE (Islamorada Community Entertainment), the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District, and the Florida Keys Brewing Company.

For more information, the full performer lineup and ticket links, 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.

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.

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

 

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