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 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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The Afro Future of World Music is Female!

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April 6 Afro Roots Fest Miami Beach Concert a Celebration of Women in World Music  

Community Arts and Culture, MDC Live Arts, and the Rhythm Foundation present Noura Mint Seymali, Fatoumata Diawara and the African Watoto Dance Theatre at the North Beach Bandshell April 6

Miami Beach, FL – January 16, 2019 – The Afro Roots Fest concert planned for Miami Beach will be all about the feminine spirit of world music, featuring a double bill of African chanteuses and a team of local dancers. Mauritanian Griot Noura Mint Seymali and Malian singer / guitarist Fatoumata Diawara 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.  

“For 20 years, Afro Roots Fest has brought the finest in traditional and contemporary African music to South Florida,” says Jose Elias, festival founder and executive director of Community Arts and Culture (CAC). “This year, you can add futuristic to the repertoire as the festival will showcase two extraordinary female artists in Noura Mint and Fatoumata. We are excited about having the Watoto dancers present once again.”

Seymali is one of Mauritania’s foremost musical emissaries, and is known for applying the ancient musical traditions of the griot with a savvy contemporary aesthetic. Faithful to her Moorish roots, her sound is led by the raw music of the azawan, a word in Hassaniya that refers to the ensemble of traditional instruments in Moorish culture; the ardinetidinit, guitar, and t’beul. She has recently collaborated with Damon AlbarnBaaba MaalTinariwenSpoekMathamboOumou Sangare and Shabazz Palaces, and appeared at major music festivals throughout the globe.
 
Born to Malian parents in Ivory Coast, Diawara is also a social activist and actor with an acclaimed movie credit (Timbuktu, 2014). Her music combines electric guitar lines with the ancient African strings of the Kora and kamel ngoni, and a drum kit blended with the timeless rhythms of traditional percussion. She’s touring in support of her latest release called Fenfo (meaning “something to say”), which is Grammy-nominated and features original songs that cover such timeless subjects as respect, humility, love, migration, family, and how to build a better world for our children. The release made the New York Times and President Barack Obama’s “Best of 2018” list, as well as the year-end lists in MOJOThe GuardianThe Sunday Times, and fRoots. She has also enjoyed several recent high-profile collaborations (Albarn, Herbie HancockSnarkyPuppyLed Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones) and festival appearances.  

The African Watoto Dance Theatre is comprised of dancers from many genres of the African diaspora. The company’s repertoire includes original choreography in traditional West African dances, and Afro-fusion of modern and contemporary, Haitian folklore, Caribbean, Congolese Soukous, and storytelling. The company promotes the African arts specifically for the local communities that do not have access to an authentic cultural experience.

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.

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.
 
ABOUT MDC LIVE ARTS
Miami Dade College (MDC) is proud to be the home of MDC Live Arts: Miami’s most eclectic performing arts series. Created in 1990 as Cultura del Lobo, MDC Live Arts has a celebrated history of bringing extraordinary national and international performing artists to Miami. The annual series presents today’s most exciting artists and designs meaningful engagement between these artists, the students of MDC, and the greater community. MDC Live Arts seeks artists from across the globe who push boundaries and honor traditions relevant to Miami’s diverse community, and aims to offer audiences opportunities to discover new ideas, perspectives and forms of expression
More details: mdclivearts.org.
 
ABOUT RHYTHM FOUNDATION
Founded in 1988, The Rhythm Foundation, is a not-for-profit cultural organization that is a foremost presenter of international music in the US. The Rhythm Foundation has presented concerts, festivals and events featuring over 800 established and innovative artists from around the world. Special focus is given to those cultures connecting to South Florida audiences. In 2015 The Rhythm Foundation began year-round management of the North Beach Bandshell amphitheater for the City of Miami Beach.
Learn more at www.rhythmfoundation.com.


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Afro Roots Fest Moves to Key Largo June 2

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Afro Roots Fest’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Concludes in Key Largo on June 2nd

Concert at Murray Nelson Center near mile marker 102 to feature diverse array of four local and international world music acts

Key Largo, FL – May 16, 2018 – Following three days of events in Key West, the 20th Afro Roots World Music Festival travels back up U.S. 1 to the Murray Nelson Center (102050 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037) for it’s final concert Saturday, June 2, 2018. Live acts will include Sanba Zao(Haiti), Toto Omana (Congo), Los Herederos (Cuba) and the 305 Street Band (Miami). Tickets – available online at http://bit.ly/ARWMFKL – are $20, children 12 and under are free, and seniors, students and military personnel with ID are $10. Please note that the full price will be charged without ID at the door. The event runs 3 to 11 p.m.

“It’s been an amazing six-month celebration and we are excited about our final event in Key Largo,” says Jose Elias, founder and executive director of Community Arts and Culture (CAC). “Sanba Zao is a dynamic performer and it’s only fitting that he closes our show in Key Largo, being that he headlined our first show back in January in Jupiter.” Elias is a guitarist with the Spam Allstars, and plays the tres in his group Cortadito. He is also a producer and Grammy nominated musician and recording artist.

Born Louis Lesly Marcelin, Sanba Zao is a master drummer and Haitian roots music legend. He is also a professor at L’Ecole National des Arts, Haiti’s national arts school, and has devoted his life to teaching and promoting the culture and music of Haiti. Marcelin runs an elementary school called the Bazilo Ecole Communautairei, which was one of the first to reopen after the 2010 earthquake that devastated his home country. Sanba Zao has also sings and tours with Lakou Mizik, and performed with other Haitian groups such as Group SaFoula Jazz, and Djakata.

Toto Omana is a singer / songwriter / guitarist from Kinshasa, Republic of Congo. Influenced by Franco and OK Jazz, his music combines African Soukous  with American R&B, funk, and soul. Toto speaks more than 12 languages, and sings in Swahili, Mandingo, English, Spanish, and French. Toto appeared as a guest on the Grammy-nominated group, Conjunto Progreso’s record Master Sessions Descarga & Son. He’ll release a full-length set on Afro Roots Recordings in 2019, which will be produced by Elias.

Los Herederos, winners of the 2016 Miami New Times award for “Best Latin Band”, are the brainchild of Cuban percussionist and vocalist Philbert Almenteros. They perform in a very stripped down drum and chant format comprised of percussion-heavy rumbaguaguanco, and yambu numbers, which are all deeply rooted Afro-Cuban stylings. Philbert’s great grandmother was one of the founding members of the world-renowned Afro-Cuban folklore group Clave y Guaguanco.

The 305 Street Band are a brass-heavy ensemble probably best known for their on-court performances with the NBA as the Miami HEAT Street Band. They perform pop, Latin, hip-hop, R&B, and everything in between, as well as dance to every song, performing intricate routines and even providing crowd interaction, from sing-a-longs, to limbos. The band is led by David Burgos, a trumpet player and member of another prominent Miami group, Elastic Bond.

In addition to the live music performances, there will also be dance and percussion workshops earlier in the day for all age, as well as arts and crafts vendors, as well as food and beverages available for purchase.

This 20th iteration of the festival, which is curated and by the non-profit organization CAC, features more than 50 international and local acts from all over the world, and is being held at venues from Jupiter to Key West.

Brought to you by the Monroe County Tourism Development Council, and with the support of the Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center and The Tank Brewing Company. For more information, please visit www.AfroRootsFest.com or call 305.294.4641.
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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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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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Michael Mut
786.426.2277
info@mutcomm.com

 


Sun Ra Arkestra in Concert on Miami Beach 4/7

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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 bit.ly/2BtQdOq. 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 www.sunraarkestra.com.

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 https://youtu.be/n0O4eqU-wcA 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 www.afrorootsfest.com 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.

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.

MEDIA CONTACT
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Michael Mut
786.426.2277
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Road to Afro Roots Begins in Jupiter

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Afro Roots World Music Festival Launches 20th Anniversary Celebration at Guanabanas 

Free Road to Afro Roots Kickoff Concerts represent festival’s first events in Palm Beach County, feature Sanba Zao, Cortadito and the Nag Champayons


Jupiter, FL – January 8, 2018 – 
Fine China may be the traditional 20th anniversary swag, but this year, Community Arts and Culture will be giving fans the gift of world music in three counties. The Afro Roots World Music Festival will launch its 20th edition Friday, January 26th at Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar (960 North Highway A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477), featuring two days of live world music. This year’s edition of the festival will feature more than 50 international and local acts from all over the world, in venues located as far south as Key West.

Haiti’s Sanba Zao will perform Friday, January 26, beginning at 9 p.m.; Cuban folkloric masters Cortadito plays 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, January 27, with Miami’s Afrogalactic / Tropidelic funksters the Nag Champayons performing that same day at 9 p.m. All three performances are free and open to the public, with 21 and over welcome to the evening sets.

Named one of “South Florida’s Ten Best Music Festivals” by the Miami New Times in August, Afro Roots will also showcase Sun Ra Arkestra and Morikeba Kouyate April 7 at the Miami Beach Bandshell (tickets: bit.ly/2BtQdOq), Papaloko at the Studios of Key West on May 19, and more to be announced.

“20 years is an incredible milestone and our intention to produce a festival that pushes the boundaries begins with a very special back-to-back production in North Palm Beach,” says Jose Elias, founder and executive director of the Miami-based non-profit Community Arts & Culturethe organization responsible for the Afro Roots Fest. “From there, Afro Roots will travel all the way to the Florida Keys throughout the course of the next six months, making stops in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties as well.”

“We’re excited about bringing the world music experience to our music fans here in the Jupiter area,” says Guanabanas talent buyer Matt Cahur. “Given the popularity of our Noche Latina series, the past successes of Cortadito and the Nags here at Guanabanas, and the always-positive reception to our roots and reggae events, I believe Afro Roots Fest will be a smash.” Cahur also heads Roots MusicInc., a Jupiter-based, 20-year music management, production and promotions company.

Master drummer and Haitian roots music legend Sanba Zao, born Louis Lesly Marcelin, is also a professor at L’Ecole National des Arts, Haiti’s national arts school. He has devoted his life to teaching and promoting the culture and music of Haiti, and to this end, runs an elementary school called the Bazilo Ecole Communautairei, which was one of the first to reopen after the devastating 2010 earthquake. Sanba Zao has also worked with Group Sa, Foula Jazz, and Djakata.

Cortadito’s specialty is performing traditional Cuban music from the early 20th century. The group transports listeners back to a time when Trio Matamoros and Ignacio Piniero ruled the Cuban music world.  They faithfully perform standards in the stylings known as Son MontunoGuarachaBoleroNengon, and Bolero Son. Cortadito is occasionally is backed by a variety of guest musicians, which gives the group a sound reminiscent of the Buena Vista Social Club. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/Cortadito-295653443871468.

The Nag Champayons are Miami’s standard bearers in terms of psychedelic music, showcasing their unique creativity, messaging and collaborative since their inception in 2003. A heady and infectious single “Brazilian LSD”, issued in 2016, came with a visually stunning video, and 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. They continue to play local and regional music festivals, and are currently in the process of readying new music for release. For more details, visit www.NagChampayons.com.

For more information, please visit www.afrorootsfest.com or call 786.218.6854.

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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.

For more information, visit www.communityartsandculture.org.

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

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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.

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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 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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Michael Mut
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18th Annual Afro Roots World Music Festival 9/3

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Chicago Afrobeat Project and Aurelio Martinez Co-Headline Afro Roots World Music Festival September 3

Nigerian rhythms and Garifuna culture highlight the 18th annual event to be held at the North Beach Bandshell  

Miami, FL – August 16, 2016 – The 18th annual Afro Roots World Music Festival, one of the area’s longest-running concert series, will take place on Labor Day Saturday, September 3, 2016, at the historic North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139). Co-headliners Chicago Afrobeat Project and Honduran Garifuna artist Aurelio Martinez will be supported by locals Uma Galera plus DJ Moses. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the first act will go on at 5:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $15 and available online at bit.ly/ARWMF18 at that price until September 2. Admission on the day of the show is $25; all ages are welcome.

The Chicago Afrobeat Project has emerged as one of the genre’s most prominent and successful touring American acts, having mastered a sound that successfully weaves the uniqueness of the Chicago music scene with a distinct Nigerian style of music. The group previously collaborated with drummer Tony Allen (Afrobeat granddaddy Fela Kuti‘s drummer), and are currently promoting their latest release Nyash Up!, which is their fourth official album. It incorporates elements of hip-hop, orchestra-like musical arrangement, rock, jazz and funk.

Also featured at this year’s festival is Aurelio, who was born in the tiny coastal hamlet of Plaplaya on Honduras’ Caribbean coast. He may be one of the last generations to grow up steeped in the Garifuna tradition, which encompass the African and Caribbean Indian roots of his ancestors. Specifically, he is a descendant of a group of shipwrecked slaves who intermarried with local natives on the island of St. Vincent who were deported to the Central American coast in the late eighteenth century. The artist also served his community for years as a legislator.

Local openers Uma Galera are an experimental reggae band who play Latin-tinged grooves laced with rock, funk, ska and more to create what they call “world soul music”. Their fitting name means “one crowd”, as their bouts of musical improvisation inspire unity and grow good vibes. Spinning the best from the different eras and sub-genres of world music will be DJ Moses, a mainstay of the festival for more than ten years now.

The festival is produced by local non-profit organization Community Arts & Culture  and is generously bering underwritten by the Knight Foundation, theFlorida Department of Cultural Affairs, the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council. Event sponsors include Ocean Terrace Holdings, Blackwell Rum, 7th Circuit Productions, and the Rhythm Foundation.

For more information, visit www.AfroRootsFest.com.

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AfroRoots World Music Festival Aug. 6-8

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Annual Afro Roots World Music Festival Returns for a 17th Season

2015 edition expands to 10 acts over three days at three Miami and Miami Beach venues, panels and workshops

July 15, 2015 – Miami, FL – The Miami-based non-profit organization Community Arts and Culture, dedicated to presenting the arts as a tool for education, is planning their biggest festival event ever. Taking place August 6 – 8, 2015, the 17th annual Afro Roots World Music Festival will launch with a kick-off celebration on Thursday, August 6th at Blackbird Ordinary (729 SW 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33130), continue with a World Music Conference and Global Locals Showcase on Friday, August 7th at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212-260 NE 59th Terr, Miami, FL 33137), and wrap with a main event headliners concert on Saturday, August 8th at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141).

Celebrating the evolution of African culture by featuring some of the best performers from all over the Caribbean, the Americas and Africa, the festival’s opening event will feature music by Cortadito (Cuba / Miami) and Patacon Conspiracy (Colombia) along with a global bazaar. Day two at the LHCC includes showcase performances byConjunto Progreso (Cuba / Miami), PALO! (Cuba / Miami), Morikeba Kouyate(Senegal), the Nag Champayons (Little Haiti) and Los Herederos (Cuba / Miami), plus DJ Moses spinning  global selections. Day three on Miami Beach will conclude the festival with headliners Hassan Hakmoun (Morocco), Locos Por Juana (Colombia) and Bateria Unidos de Miami (Brazil), along with DJ Le Spam.

Day two’s World Music Conference and Global Locals Showcase is the festival’s most recent undertaking. The conference will feature three highly-informative panel discussions focusing on the business of world music; such as how to build an effective management, publishing and publicity team, what artists need to know about booking agents and touring, and more. Speakers and panelists will include Dmitri Vietze (CEO / founder of Rock Paper Scissors, Inc.), Isabel Soffer (co-founder / co-director of Globalfest), Deirdre Valente (Lisa Booth Management), Cary Sullivan (producer, Airtel Music Express / booking agent, Afro Funke), Gustavo Fernandez (CEO, Delanuca Music Group, president, BVE 45), and Janice Bond (cultural curator | arts advocate).

Workshops will focus on North and West African traditions and Afro-Cuban folklore. This year’s main festival headliner Hassan Hakmoun will present a lecture on the traditional sounds and culture of the Gnawa people of Marrakesh, and demonstrate his main instrument the sintir, a three-stringed lute with a body made of camel skin stretched over nutwood. Master percussionists Roman Diaz and Mauricio Herreraand multi-instrumentalist Onel Mulet will demonstrate the application of traditional Afro-Cuban based folkloric music in the context of modern or contemporary music. Senegalese percussionist Aly Mbaye and Morikeba Kouyate on the kora will show attendees the rhythms of the sabar drum and djembe, as related to the Mandingo musical traditions of Senegal, West Africa. Delou Africa Inc., a locally based non-profit organization that presents the annual African Diaspora Dance & Drum Festival of Florida, will be hosting a West African dance workshop with a live percussion ensemble.

A special after-party will take place Saturday, August 8 at Naomi’s Garden Vibes Restaurant (650 NW 71st St, Miami, FL 33150), beginning at 10 p.m. featuring DJ Lance – O and the Kulcha Shok crew. There will be a $5 cover charge and the event is open to those 21 and over.

Support for the Afro Roots World Music Festival is made possible the KnightFoundation, the Funding Arts Network, the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Blackbird Ordinary, the New Yorker Hotel, Kulcha Shok Musik and Blackwell Rum.

Day one is free and open to those 21 and over. $20 two-day passes for days two and three are available online at afrorootsfest17.bpt.me or admission is $15 at the door. A $10 discounted door rate is available for students and seniors with ID; kids 12 and under are free.

For more information, visit www.AfroRootsFest.com or contact 786.218.6854 |cacblogspot@gmail.com.

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