For nearly a decade, April has seen Miami’s North Beach Bandshell transformed into a spectacularly hot venue for fabulous world music. The Heineken TransAtlantic Festival features artists from Europe, Africa, Brazil, Argentina, The Caribbean and the U.S. East Coast, beautifully melding traditional styles with contemporary, electric beats. This year’s festival will take place Apr. 13-14, and includes some exciting names. Afrobeat legend Seun Kuti will bring on the funk with his band Egypt 80, while UK-born, Colombia-based Quantic uses killer fusion beats to back up cumbia singer Nidia Gongora. Making his Florida debut, Pedrito Martinez’s Afro-Cuban quartet offers up a whirlwind blend of Cuban guanguancó and classic rumba, and the bata rhythms of Santeria. The list is topped out with Miami-based trio Gold Dust Lounge, combining sci-fi jazz with spaghetti western groove, and Mr. Pauer, a Venezuelan pioneer of Latin electronica; TransAtlanticFestival.com.
Exhibiting at Pinta Miami in Booth E8 with Art Concept Alternative Gallery, Mariana Cordoba is on a mission to change perspectives with every stroke of her brush.
Key Biscayner’s counted their blessings and thanked their lucky stars that we made it through another year of surprises, twists and turns. With a bright outlook ahead for the New Year, islanders were nothing but smiles as they mapped out their next great adventures.